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May 1968

Syndrome of Hypotonia-Hypomentia-Hypogonadism-Obesity (HHHO) or Prader-Willi Syndrome

Author Affiliations

Iowa City, Iowa
From the Department of Pediatrics, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa.

Am J Dis Child. 1968;115(5):588-598. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1968.02100010590009

IN 1956, Prader et al1 described a new syndrome which they called "Ein Syndrom von Adipositas, Kleinwuchs, Kryptorchismus und Oligophrenie nach myatonieartigem Zustand im Neugeborenenalter" (a syndrome of obesity, short growth, cryptorchidism, and mental retardation, with an amyotonia-like condition in the neonatal period). Since then, other cases have been reported2-24 (Table 1) under various titles. (Synonyms for this condition are: Syndrome of Willi-Prader,8 of Willi, Prader, and Labhart,18 of Prader-Willi,13-15,23,24 of Prader, Labhart, and Willi,7 and of Prader, Labhart, Willi, and Fanconi.21 [Fanconi, with Prader, Labhart, and Willi, was coauthor of an exhibit of this syndrome at the Eighth International Congress of Paediatrics, July 22-27, 1956, in Copenhagen.] Some of the more descriptive titles are: hypotonia, mental retardation, obesity, and cryptorchidism associated with dwarfism and diabetes in children5; hypogenital dystrophy with diabetic tendency12; congenital muscular weakness and hypotonia with mental retardation,

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