What is Beckwith-Wiedemann Syndrome?
(Symptoms, Causes & Treatment)
According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, Beckwith-Wiedemann Syndrome is identified as an overgrowth syndrome where affected infants are considerably larger than normal (a condition known as macrosomia) and tend to be taller than their peers during childhood. Growth begins to slow by about age 8, and adults with this condition are not unusually tall. In some children with Beckwith-Wiedemann syndrome, specific parts of the body on one side or the other may grow abnormally large, leading to an asymmetric or uneven appearance. This unusual growth pattern, which is known as hemihyperplasia, usually becomes less apparent over time.
The signs and symptoms of Beckwith-Wiedemann syndrome vary among affected individuals. Tumors develop in about 10 percent of people with this condition and almost always appear in childhood.
Most children and adults with Beckwith-Wiedemann syndrome do not have serious medical problems associated with the condition. Their life expectancy is usually normal.
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