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Doctor insights on: Prader Willi Syndrome Genetics Birth Defects

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What is the difference between Angelman syndrome and Prader-Willi syndrome?

What is the difference between Angelman syndrome and Prader-Willi syndrome?

Angelman vs. Prader: Prader-Willi and Angelman syndromes are the two genetic disorders of the 15q11 chromosomal region. People with Prader-Willi inherited the abnormal chromosome from father, while those with Angelman syndrome inherited from mother. ...Read more

Genetic (Definition)

From a medical standpoint, "genetic" refers to the potential heritability of various medical conditions. While some conditions are inevitable (at some point in one's life) as a consequence of simple genetic heritability (eg huntington's disease), a large number of medical conditions (including all behaviorial health disorders) are the expressed final pathway of a ...Read more


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Do babies with prader willi syndrome need high powered eye glasses; do they have bad vision?

Do babies with prader willi syndrome need high powered eye glasses; do they have bad vision?

NO: Prader - willie syndrome have failure to thrive below 1 year and then hyperphagia causes obesity into aduldhood and psychologic , hypogonadism and skeletal problems. Visual problems can occur to anybody. ...Read more

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How long does it take to heal prader willi syndrome?

Doesn't go away: Prader willi syndrome is a genetically linked syndrome that is set in motion at conception.The defect involved is permanent and will produce lifelong issues. ...Read more

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When do the first symptoms of prader-willi syndrome show up?

When do the first symptoms of prader-willi syndrome show up?

Newborn period: (or sooner - some babies can have abnormal findings detected on prenatal ultrasounds.) however, classically, the diagnosis is made in the newborn period due to low muscle tone, poor feeding and poor weight gain. The overeating characteristic of prader-willi begins in the toddler or preschool years. ...Read more

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Do you know if there are different types of prader-willi syndrome?

Do you know if there are different types of prader-willi syndrome?

A genetic disorder: Usually from a deletion of a gene on the chromosome 15 inherited from the father, it can also come from having both chr 15's from the mother or both acting as if they came from mother. Infants have low muscle tone ; trouble gaining weight; food craving ; weight gain start about 18 mos. They have congenital anomalies, intellectual disability, compulsive behavior, ; medical problems due to obesity. ...Read more

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Hi doctors, can you tell me what is prader-willi syndrome?

Hi doctors, can you tell me what is prader-willi syndrome?

A genetic disorder: Usually from a deletion of a gene on the chromosome 15 inherited from the father, it can also come from having both chr 15's from the mother or both acting as if they came from mother. Infants have low muscle tone ; trouble gaining weight; food craving ; weight gain start about 18 mos. They have congenital anomalies, intellectual disability, compulsive behavior, ; medical problems due to obesity. ...Read more

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How do babies with prader willi syndrome develop over the first few months?

How do babies with prader willi syndrome develop over the first few months?

Low muscle tone: Babies with prader-willi typically have low muscle tone. Because of that, they can have poor feeding, poor weight gain, and delays reaching their motor milestones. The overeating which is characteristic of prader-willi doesn't begin until sometime after a year of age. ...Read more

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Could you please tell me/list a few preventions to the prader-willi syndrome?

Prader-Willi : Syndrome is a genetic disorder. You have it or you don't. You can't prevent it. One of the challenges can be obsessive disorder types of behaviors that may or may not be related to food. It is useful to maintain a consistent structured environment and consistent positive behavior management. Caretakers of patients with Prader-Willi need support themselves. ...Read more

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Best treatment for someone who has prader-willi syndrome?

Supportive: Growth hormone, a structured environment, airway pressure for the sleep apnea. Sooner or later, we'll find the hormonal basis of the food cravings and be able to fix it. Good luck. ...Read more

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How much does treatment help for someone who has prader-willi syndrome?

How much does treatment help for someone who has prader-willi syndrome?

PRADER-WILLI: Sx are failure to thrive, hypotonia, uncontrollable hyperphagia, obesity, short stature with androgen deficiency.Cryptorchidism is corrected early, androgen replacement by injections are done for delayed puberty. Treatments are all directed to restore hypogonadism. ...Read more

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Birth Defects (Definition)

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Congenital Abnormalities (Definition)

Congenital abnormalities, commonly known as "birth defects," are structural conditions that are present from birth. Common abnormalities include limb or facial malformations, but may ...Read more