<p>Jess Penhallow, a PhD student, discusses the importance of studying changes with age in genetic syndromes.</p>

Jess Penhallow, a PhD student, discusses the importance of studying changes with age in genetic syndromes.

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Key Fact
Everyone with Prader-Willi syndrome is an individual

Changes with Age in Prader-Willi Syndrome


The behaviour profile which is common in individuals with Prader-Willi syndrome including temper outbursts, insistence on routines and manipulative behaviour have been shown to reduce in older adults. 

 

The facial features that are characteristic of Prader-Willi syndrome may not be apparent at birth and therefore evolve over time. Early growth hormone treatment can reduce their prominence.

 

The onset of puberty in individuals with Prader-Willi syndrome is delayed in comparison to children without the syndrome.

 

 Adults may experience premature ageing in middle age (40-55 years of age), becoming less mobile and needing more help with self care.

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