Beckwith-Wiedemann Syndrome

Overview

Type of disease: Rare conditions

Beckwith-Wiedemann syndrome is a growth disorder that causes large body size, large organs, and other symptoms. The condition is present from birth. Newborns may be born with omphalocele and/or develop low blood sugar (hypoglycemia). Beckwith-Wiedemann syndrome is also associated with an increased rate of tumor (e.g., Wilm’s tumor, adrenal carcinoma) development. Complications in infancy can become life threatening, however children with this syndrome tend to do well and have a normal to near normal learning ability.Source: Genetic and Rare Diseases Information Center (GARD), supported by ORDR-NCATS and NHGRI.

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