What is the role of medications in the treatment of Prader-Willi syndrome (PWS)?

Updated: Oct 10, 2018
  • Author: Ann Scheimann, MD, MBA; Chief Editor: Luis O Rohena, MD, MS, FAAP, FACMG  more...
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Currently, no medications have been found to effectively modify hyperphagia. Growth hormone therapy in patients with growth hormone deficiency improves lean body mass, corrects osteopenia, does not appear to enhance the development of scoliosis, and anecdotally modulates behavior in some patients. [39, 8, 9, 10] Supplementation of sex steroids does improve secondary sex characteristics but may aggravate behavioral disorders. [39]


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