This is a genetic defect on chromosome number 15 which happens purely by chance. It is a condition that causes a wide range of problems such as the learning difficulties, constant desire to eat food, restricted growth, reduced muscle tone and behavioural problems. This is a rare condition affected one in every 15,000 children born in England. Prader-Willi syndrome can normally be diagnosed by carrying out genetic tests to check the chromosome in a sample of blood.
Some of the symptoms of Prader-Willi syndrome may include:
- Hypotonia – floppiness and weak muscles which is noticeable shortly after birth
- Feeding problems and the failure to grow in the first year
- Obesity – caused by excessive appetite or overeating
- Hypogonadism – underdevelopment of the sexual organs and other sexual characteristics
- Delayed physical developments and learning difficulties
If you’re interested in how we can support you or a loved one with Prader-Willi syndrome in one of our specialist services, call our friendly enquiry team on 0800 035 3776.