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Beckwith-Wiedemann syndrome


Other Names for this Disease

  • EMG Syndrome
  • Exomphalos macroglossia gigantism syndrome
  • Wiedemann-Beckwith Syndrome (WBS)
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Overview

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. In most cases the cause of the condition is unknown. Some cases are associated with a anomaly involving chromosome 11.[1]
Last updated: 8/8/2012

References

  1. Beckwith-Wiedemann syndrome. MedlinePlus. 2011; http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/001186.htm. Accessed 8/7/2012.
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  • Genetics Home Reference (GHR) contains information on Beckwith-Wiedemann syndrome. This website is maintained by the National Library of Medicine.
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Insurance Issues

  • The Social Security Administration (SSA) created the Compassionate Allowance Initiative to speed up the processing of disability claims for applicants with certain conditions. Click on the link to view the Compassionate Allowance information for adrenal cancer, a cancer associated with this condition. More information about applying for Social Security disability benefits is available online.
    Link: https://secure.ssa.gov/apps10/poms.nsf/lnx/0423022090
Other Names for this Disease
  • EMG Syndrome
  • Exomphalos macroglossia gigantism syndrome
  • Wiedemann-Beckwith Syndrome (WBS)
See Disclaimer regarding information on this site. Some links on this page may take you to organizations outside of the National Institutes of Health.