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PWS Facts

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Interesting Facts About PWS


     Here are a few facts about PWS that you may not know:


  • Unusual reactions to medication: People with PWS may have unusual reactions to normal dosages of medications. Extreme caution should be used when giving medication to someone with PWS. Prolonged and extreme effects may occur.
  • High tolerance for pain: Those with PWS have an unusually high tolerance for pain. This could make injury and infection hard to detect.
  • Increased risk of respiratory problems: Due to hypotonia, weak chest muscles can cause respiratory issues (i.e. sleep apnea).
  • Vomiting rare: Those with PWS rarely vomit. If vomiting does occur, it may be a sign of a serious illness.
  • Complications from anesthesia: The risks associated include damage to the airway or lungs.
  • Irregular body temperatures: High or low body temperatures may be present even without any infection or illness present.
  • Skin lesions: Sores or lesions may appear on the skin of someone with PWS due to skin picking. They may pick at their skin due to itching. They also tend to bruise easily. This can be falsely mistaken for abuse.[1]


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  1. " Prader-Willi Syndrome Basic Facts." Prader-Willi Association (USA). N.p., n.d. Web. 2 Nov. 2009. .

Comments (1)

Sarah Lorenz said

at 8:42 pm on Nov 1, 2009

These are some very interesting facts. This disorder is very strange and there seems to be a ton of things that someone would have to be careful of apart from the basic effects of PWS.

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