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Beckwith–Wiedemann syndrome

noun Beck·with–Wie·de·mann syndrome \ˈbek-wəth-ˈwēd-ə-mən-, -ˌman-\

Medical Definition of Beckwith–Wiedemann syndrome

  1. :  an inherited disease that is present at birth and is characterized especially by abdominal wall defects (such as umbilical hernia), increased birth weight, enlarged tongue, hypoglycemia, tumors (such as Wilms' tumor) of usually embryonic origin, and enlargement of internal organs (such as the liver or kidneys) Beckwith-Wiedemann syndrome is characterized by multiorgan overgrowth and predisposition to embryonal tumours …—Shirley Rainier et al., Nature, 22 Apr. 1993

Biographical Note for beckwith–wiedemann syndrome



John Bruce

(born 1933), American pathologist. Beckwith held positions as professor of pathology and pediatrics at the University of Washington's Medical School and chairman of the department of pathology at Children's Hospital in Denver. His areas of research included sudden death during infancy and pathogenesis of tumors in children. He described the syndrome which now bears his name as well as Wiedemann's in an article published independently of Wiedemann in 1964.


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Hans Rudolf

(1915–2006), German pediatrician. In the course of his career Wiedemann served as director of children's clinics in Bonn, Krefeld, and Kiel and on the medical faculty at the universities of Bonn and Kiel. He published several articles on congenital malformations, including the first report on the effects of thalidomide, and on hereditary diseases of the skeleton and nervous system. In 1964 he published an independent description of the syndrome that now bears his name as well as Beckwith's.

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