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Dr. Luigi Garibaldi presents on the Prader-Willi Syndrome in the age of expanded growth hormone availability.

Educational objectives:

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Improve the diagnostric  recognition of Prader-Willi syndrome,  on the basis of an expanded knowledge of the genetic, endocrine and non-endocrine aspects of this condition
  • Discuss the new treatment paradigm for PWS, which includes   growth hormone therapy started at an early age, and be able to consider the benefits and possible risks of this therapy
  • Improve the knowledge and the ability to provide coordination of care for these complex patients, via a multi-disciplinary approach to the syndrome

Reading Resources:

  1. Bridges N. What is the value of growth hormone therapy in Prader Willi syndrome? Arch Dis Child. 2013 Oct 25
  2. Bakker NE, Kuppens RJ, Siemensma EP, Tummers-de Lind van Wijngaarden RF, Festen DA, Bindels-de Heus GC, Bocca G, Haring DA, Hoorweg-Nijman JJ, Houdijk EC, Jira PE, Lunshof L, Odink RJ, Oostdijk W, Rotteveel J, Schroor EJ, Van Alfen AA, Van Leeuwen M, Van Pinxteren-Nagler E, Van Wieringen H, Vreuls RC, Zwaveling-Soonawala N, de Ridder MA, Hokken-Koelega AC. Eight years of growth hormone treatment in children with Prader-Willi syndrome: maintaining the positive effects. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2013 Oct;98(10):4013-22.
  3. Wolfgram PM, Carrel AL, Allen DB. Long-term effects of recombinant human growth hormone therapy in children with Prader-Willi syndrome. Curr Opin Pediatr. 2013 Aug;25(4):509-14.


Dr. Garibaldi has no relevant relationships with any entities producing health care goods or services.

Accreditation Statement:

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Each physician should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Other health care professionals are awarded (0.1) continuing education units (CEU) which are equivalent to 1.0 contact hour.

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Release Date: 2/6/2014 | Last Modified On: 5/21/2015 | Expires: 5/22/2016

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