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Excessive weight gain is a cardinal feature of Prader-Willi syndrome (PWS) for which there is presently no effective treatment. It is caused by increased appetite, decreased perception of satiety and obsessive and compulsive behaviour towards food. Ghrelin is a powerful appetite-stimulating hormone. Patients with PWS have markedly elevated ghrelin levels, suggesting that it may be responsible for the increased food intake. The goal of the study is to determine whether treatment with somatostatin (Sandostatin), a hormone that inhibits ghrelin, is an effective treatment for the prevention and treatment of weight excess in patients with PWS.
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Ages Eligible for Study:
10 Years to 17 Years (Child)
Sexes Eligible for Study:
Patients with Prader-Willi syndrome, confirmed by genetic testing