Prader Willi Syndrome Detected In Uruguay

May 10th, 2010 - 5:49 pm ICT by GD  

By Gina Gomez
pwsMay 10, (THAINDIAN NEWS) The Prader Willi Syndrome or the PWS is a rare genetic disorder which can be present in a person since his birth. The month of May is now being dedicated to the spread of awareness of the Prader Willi Syndrome. The most common symptom in a person which may indicate that he or she is a victim of the syndrome, is the tendency to overeat, that is, to keep on eating even when the stomach is full. The other sign is that of instant fatigue or weakness of the muscles.

It has been reported that this genetically acquired disease is now being traced in almost 40 people living in Uruguay. According to doctors, the treatment for this sickness is still not advanced, therefore there is little chance that children who are born with this disease will survive long. One instance of the PWS was Maria Ines Fonseca’s daughter who was born with the disease.

It is said that the Prader Willi Syndrome is so rare that only one in 15,000 children is born with it. The PWS was first observed in the year 1956 by Swiss doctors named Andrea Prader, Alexis Labhart and Heinrich Willi and that is where the name came into being. These doctors saw that nine of their patients were suffering from similar health problems like obesity and muscle weakness, also they showed the same physical characteristics like very short height and difficulty in performing physical activities.

Details about this syndrome is still not known to many and that is precisely why this month has been dedicated to the awareness of the symptoms of the Prader Willi Syndrome.

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