Prader-Willi Syndrome is a genetic condition due to changes to Chromosome 15 which occur before birth. There is no known cause for why these genetic changes occur.
Some of the features of Prader-Willi Syndrome include low muscle tone, short height, small hands and feet, preoccupation with food and the development of obesity from a young age. Individuals usually have an intellectual disability.
The diagnosis of Prader-Willi Syndrome is made using genetic testing. Our doctors at Adelaide Disability Medical Services are happy to assist in this process. The South Australian Clinical Genetics Service is also available for genetic counselling and testing of individuals.
There is no known cure for Prader-Willi Syndrome. Many of the therapies are aimed at managing the large appetite that people with Prader-Willi can have and monitoring the potential health issues that can arise from associated obesity. Management of anxiety and improving emotions is also an important part of Prader-Willi Syndrome and this can be facilitated through a psychologist. Our doctors at Adelaide Disability Medical Services are able to help connect you to therapists who can help to achieve better outcomes for people with Prader-Willi Syndrome.