Center for Beckwith-Wiedemann Syndrome (BWS)
The Center for Beckwith-Wiedemann Syndrome at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital is one of the leading programs in the world for BWS treatment. The center offers a comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach to care that addresses the full scope of needs for families of children born with this congenital disorder.
Specialized Treatment for BWS Syndrome
The center is one of the few in the nation with a long-standing interest and experience in evaluating and caring for children with BWS. Services include:
- Pre-natal diagnosis of BWS
- Surgical treatment of macroglossia (enlarged tongue)
- Treatment and therapy for BWS symptoms
- Ongoing screening protocols
Conditions We Treat
Treatments and Procedures
And other medical team members devoted to caring for children with BWS.
About BWS Syndrome
Beckwith-Wiedemann syndrome, or BWS as it is commonly referred, is a genetic condition that results from the abnormal regulation of genes in a particular region of chromosome 11. It can lead to many issues, including premature birth, hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), defects of the abdominal wall, abdominal malignancies, and macroglossia (enlarged tongue).
Approximately 300 children per year are born with Beckwith-Wiedemann syndrome. Most cases of BWS are sporadic, meaning that usually no one else in that family has BWS. The parents of an affected child are usually not at increased risk of having other children with BWS. However, some cases of BWS are familial, meaning that someone else in that family may also have BWS.
Pediatric surgeon, Dr. Chad Perly, and Speech-Language pathologist, Renee M. Linenfelser, talk about the speech and feeding issues experienced by children with BWS.
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