Author(s): Lamb AS, Johnson WM
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Abstract A 26-year old white male with Prader-Willi syndrome (PWS) and non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus presented with asymptomatic bilateral lower limb swelling. An electrocardiogram was consistent with an inferior wall myocardial infarction of unknown age and a graded exercise test using the Bruce protocol was consistent with inferolateral ischemia. Subsequent cardiac catheterization showed severe, inoperable, three-vessel coronary artery disease. Atherosclerotic coronary artery disease in PWS has been documented only once in the literature, and then only postmortem. This case provides further (and for the first time, premortem) documentation that premature atherosclerotic coronary artery disease may play an important but presently unrecognized role in the morbidity and mortality in PWS.
This article was published in Am J Med Genet
and referenced in Journal of Molecular and Genetic Medicine