What are symptoms of Prader-Willi Syndrome?

There are many symptoms of PWS, however it is important to note that not all people with PWS have all symptoms.

Many of the typical associated problems are:

  • Low muscle mass and muscle tone
  • High propensity to obesity
  • Impaired cognition
  • Mental illness including anxiety, bipolar and episodes of psychosis
  • Speech difficulties
  • Gastric complications like constipation, poor digestion and slow gastric emptying
  • Poor temperature sensation and regulation
  • High pain threshold – making it difficult to diagnose illness
  • High threshold for vomiting
  • Behavioural issues and emotional immaturity
  • Slow sensory reception and processing
  • Scoliosis or kyphosis
  • Thick saliva and poor dentition
  • Strabismus
  • Skin picking
  • Sleep abnormalities including narcolepsy, excessive sleepiness and apnoeas
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Short stature, small hands and feet
  • Lack of sexual maturity