Pediatric Beckwith-Wiedemann Syndrome

Pediatric Beckwith-Wiedemann Syndrome

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Summary

Beckwith-Wiedemann syndrome is an overgrowth condition that affects many parts of the body.

Expanded overview

Beckwith-Wiedemann syndrome causes a child to grow rapidly from birth until about age 8. This rapid growth sometimes leads to hemihyperplasia, which is an uneven or asymmetric appearance. In most cases, this becomes less obvious over time and, by adulthood, people with this condition are of average height and appearance.

In most cases, children with this condition do not have any major, related medical problems. Overall, having Beckwith-Weidemann syndrome does not affect quality of life or life expectancy.

Causes

Beckwith-Weidemann syndrome is an inherited (passed down in families) condition that is caused by abnormal regulation of genes.

Symptoms

Signs and symptoms of Beckwith-Weidemann syndrome can include:

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