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Prader-Willi syndrome is a genetic condition that causes excessive
hunger, decreased mental capacity, short stature, and weak muscle tone
("floppiness"). Children with Prader-Willi syndrome have an intense craving for
food and usually become obese.
There is no specific treatment or cure for Prader-Willi syndrome.
But those caring for a child with Prader-Willi syndrome can strictly limit
food intake to prevent obesity, which can cause serious health problems.
Treatment with growth hormone may increase growth and improve physical
August 29, 2011
John Pope, MD - Pediatrics & Rhonda O'Brien, MS, RD, CDE - Certified Diabetes Educator
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