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Beckwith-wiedemann syndrome?

can anyone give me as much information as possibe with this syndrome? i have to write a 2-3 page essay... or if you are diagnosed or know anyone who is diagnosed...please provide me with information of how this syndrome has an impact on their life...or how a normal day of theirs is?
thank you...

Beckwith-Wiedemann syndrome (BWS) is a rare genetic or epigenetic overgrowth syndrome (prevalence of about 1 in 15,000) associated with an elevated risk of embryonic tumor formation.[1]There is a 20% mortality rate for newborns with BWS. BWS is caused by mutations in growth regulating genes on chromosome 11— caused by an inversion specifically on 11p15—or by errors in genomic imprinting.[2]

Clinically, patients typically present with omphalocele, macroglossia (large tongue), and macrosomia (large birth weight).[3] Organomegaly, adrenocortical cytomegaly, hemihypertrophy, and neonatal hypoglycemia may also be seen. Not all of these features appear in every individual with BWS. Macroglossia occurs in approximately 80% of cases and often results in 'floppy' airways which may require treatment with a tracheotomy.  (+ info)

I have beckwith wiedemann syndrome..?

I really want to know if anyone else has this syndrome.
I was born with it, I am now 19 years old and I've always wanted to know or meet someone who has this syndrome also

There are many groups out there that deal with this problem.
I am sure many of them have meeting and conferences where you can meet each other.  (+ info)

How many confirmed cases of Beckwith Wiedaman Syndrome have been reported?

Specifically in children, is there anyone, anywhere that can treat this syndrome?

check the mayo clinic web site ... click all of the information links ... there are 9 sections, I am not going to post them all since you can get to them all from the first one ...

if the doctor who diagnosed your child does not know any of this information, then find a doctor who is more current with conditions and treatments ...

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/wilms-tumor/DS00436/DSECTION=4  (+ info)

is there any parent run support groups who have children with beckwith wiedeman syndrome?

Parenting is hard work. Parenting a child who has medical concerns is even harder. I found this link on-line.

There is a parent's section on this web site. Also try asking your doctor or local hospitals for referrals.

Talking with people who have the same challenge is incredibly important to learn and feel better. It's so simple but so true.

I wish you and your family all the best of luck.  (+ info)

What is the name of the syndrome that the person may appear to have facial characteristics of down's syndrome?

I previously watched a documentary about sufferers of a syndrome whose facial features appeared to be down's syndrome but it wasn't down's syndrome. The grow to be quite large adults and have special needs. Does anyone know the name of this condition?

Klinefelter syndrome  (+ info)

Are there different types of Down syndrome and what areas of the body does Down syndrome affect? ?

Also, are there any significant statistics related to Down syndrome? Has Down syndrome received any recent attention from the media? Are there any famous people that have Down syndrome.
Answer as many of the above questions as possible.

There are three types of Down syndrome, garden variety Trisomy 21, mosaicism and translocation.

Read more at:

Welcoming Babies with Down Syndrome (English, Spanish, French)

There is a slide show that also incorporates videos of the featured 'More Alike than Different' cast at the National Down Syndrome Congress website:


And great information at the National Down Syndrome Society website:
Down Syndrome Fact Sheet

You might also enjoy

Margaret's Guide to Down Syndrome

For bios of actors with Down syndrome, see:

Down Syndrome and the Acting Gene


DS in Arts and Media


Michael Johnson


Sujeet Desai

Down Syndrome Links at the Family Village website

Check out this recent New York Times article:

The DNA Age: Prenatal Test Puts Down Syndrome in Hard Focus

Have fun with your research!
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What is so bad about having down syndrome?

I think people are a lot colder than they want you to believe. Too many pregnancies prediagnosed with down syndrome are terminated! Doctors tell people that their kid will be like some animal and people believe them. I've met my share of people with down syndrome, and they all seem pretty human to me. On top of that, they were all decent folks, which is a lot more than I can say for the general population. And how does knowing that unborn children are purged because of down syndrome affect those who were born and have down syndrome?

WOW!! I'm so glad that there are other people who's lives have been touched as mine has. See when I was 28 I gave birth to twin girls and one of them was born with Mosaic down syndrome. Of course, I didn't know much about it til now....and yes I was shocked. They are 14 months old now, and such a blessing as well as my two boys. My daughter is about 4 months behind in her milestones, but she is always so happy! Out of all my kids she is the easiest to handle.

It's always nice to have other people, who see that they are more alike, then different from the rest of us.  (+ info)

What is the syndrome called when you cannot feel physical pain?

I remember watching a show a long time ago, and this one little girl was born with a syndrome where she could never feel pain. If she fell on the floor and cut her knee, she wouldn't cry, whereas most children would.

What is this called? Is it a syndrome? Is it a medical condition? I just want to know what it's called, and I can do the research on it.

It is for a story I am writing but I don't entirely know what it is.

It's called "congenital insensitivity to pain"  (+ info)

What syndrome would someone have that the doctor would need to put them on bloodthinners?

My sister is 18 and just moved out here from MN to go to school. She has had many medical problems and been to several doctors. She recently told me that the doctor said there was something wrong with her blood and she needs to be put on blood thinners for the rest of her life. What syndrome could this be?

There are several, but the first that comes to mind is Factor-V (five).  (+ info)

What is the syndrome where boys usually grow more than average?

I think it is Jacobs syndome.. XYY syndrome.. but wikipedia says that is only a little more than average. what is the only where they get really big ?

Yes it is called gigantism. It is caused by a tumour or either a chromosome disorder. Another thing that causes gigantism is the inability to inhib the GH (growth hormone) when it is produced. This is why the people who have it get very TALL.  (+ info)

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