Complete and incomplete forms of Beckwith-Wiedemann syndrome: their oncogenic potential

J Pediatr. 1980 Jan;96(1):47-50. doi: 10.1016/s0022-3476(80)80322-2.


The diagnosis of Beckwith-Wiedemann syndrome may be missed because of variable or incomplete clinical expression. Recognition of such patients is important, however, because they have the potential for development of neoplasia. It seems likely that BWS and the congenital asymmetry-abdominal malignancy syndrome are at either end of the same spectrum, and that intermediate forms are the connecting links.

MeSH terms

  • Abnormalities, Multiple / diagnosis*
  • Birth Weight
  • Ear, External / abnormalities
  • Gigantism / complications
  • Hernia, Umbilical / complications*
  • Humans
  • Hypertrophy
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Kidney / pathology
  • Macroglossia / complications*
  • Neoplasms / complications*
  • Pancreas / pathology
  • Precancerous Conditions / diagnosis*
  • Syndrome