What is Beckwith-Wiedemann Syndrome?
Also known as: BWS
Beckwith-Wiedemann syndrome was first described by doctors Bruce Beckwith and Hans Rudolph Wiedemann in the 1960’s. The doctors identified children who had a number of symptoms including body overgrowth, external intestines, enlarged tongues, and low blood sugar. When a child exhibited all of these characteristics, they described them as having Beckwith-Wiedemann syndrome. Today, approximately 1 in 13,700 people have the condition.
Reviewed by: Chad Perlyn, MD
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