The Human Phenotype Ontology (HPO) provides the following list of features that have been reported in people with this condition. Much of the information in the HPO comes from Orphanet, a European rare disease database. If available, the list includes a rough estimate of how common a feature is (its frequency). Frequencies are based on a specific study and may not be representative of all studies. You can use the MedlinePlus Medical Dictionary for definitions of the terms below.
|Signs and Symptoms||Approximate number of patients (when available)|
|Delayed speech and language development||90%|
|Failure to thrive in infancy||90%|
|Growth hormone deficiency||90%|
|Specific learning disability||90%|
|Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder||75%|
|Abnormality of chromosome segregation||50%|
|Abnormality of dental enamel||50%|
|Abnormality of the palate||50%|
|Almond-shaped palpebral fissure||50%|
|Clinodactyly of the 5th finger||50%|
|Decreased muscle mass||50%|
|Delayed skeletal maturation||50%|
|Downturned corners of mouth||50%|
|Hypoplasia of penis||50%|
|Hypoplasia of the ear cartilage||50%|
|Hypoplastic labia minora||50%|
|Intrauterine growth retardation||50%|
|Narrow nasal bridge||50%|
|Recurrent respiratory infections||50%|
|Single transverse palmar crease||50%|
|Type I diabetes mellitus||50%|
|Hypopigmentation of hair||33%|
|Hypopigmentation of the skin||33%|
|Impaired pain sensation||33%|
|Type II diabetes mellitus||25%|
|Frontal upsweep of hair||7.5%|
|Poor fine motor coordination||7.5%|
|Radial deviation of finger||7.5%|
|Upslanted palpebral fissure||7.5%|
|Decreased fetal movement||-|
|Poor gross motor coordination||-|
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May 10, 2016
Funding Opportunity from FPWR in Prader-Willi Research
July 28, 2014
Prader-Willi Syndrome Research Strategy Workshop
Sunday, November 15, 2009 -
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Location: NIH campus, Bethesda, MD
Description: Workshop participants identified gaps in knowledge, prioritized basic and clinical research questions, identified existing resources that can be applied to Prader-Willi syndrome (PWS) research, identified needed resources and technologies, established cross-disciplinary and multidisciplinary collaborations, formulated a framework for advancing PWS research, and provided a published report of a comprehensive research strategy for PWS.
Contact: Ms. Karen Salomon, firstname.lastname@example.org
Co-funding Institute(s): National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
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