Beckwith-Wiedemann Syndrome

What is Beckwith-Wiedemann Syndrome?

Beckwith-Wiedemann Sydrome is an overgrowth condition that affects one in 12,000 newborns worldwide. However, because the syndrome is sometimes undiagnosed, it may be more prevalent than reported. One in five infants die as a result of the syndrome, but adults and older children are unlikely to have problems associated with the condition.

Beckwith-Wiedemann syndrome affects many parts of the body. Infants with the syndrome are larger than normal and grown and gain weight at an unusual rate. A child’s growth usually slows around the age of eight, and adults with the syndrome usually are not excessively tall. In some cases, children with the disorder have hemopyperplasia, a condition in which certain body parts grow larger than normal. As a result, these children may have an uneven appearance.

Children with Beckwith-Wiedemann syndrome are often born with an omphalocele, which is an opening in the abdomen which exposes abdominal organs through the navel. They may also have an umbilical hernia. In addition, infants with the syndrome may be born with large tongues, which may lead to difficulties in breathing, swallowing and speaking as they get older. Children with the syndrome usually have large abdominal organs, low blood sugar, and have kidney problems.

Beckwith-Wiedemann children are at risk of developing both cancerous and noncancerous tumors. Ten percent of children with the disorder develop tumors, which always occur in childhood. In particular, children with the syndrome are susceptible to getting Wilms tumor, a rare form of kidney cancer. They are also at risk of developing heptatoblastoma, a rare form of liver cancer.

What Causes Beckwith-Wiedemann Syndrome?

While the exact cause of Beckwith-Wiedemann syndrome is unknown, most experts agree that it is a genetic disorder which usually occurs as a result of problems on chromosome 11. In 85 percent of all people who have the syndrome, one other person in the family has already been diagnosed with the condition. Moreover, parents who already have a child with the syndrome are at risk of having another child with the condition.

How Law Offices of Thomas L. Gallivan, PLLC can Help if Your Child has Been Diagnosed With Beckwith-Wiedemann Syndrome

At the Law Offices of Thomas L. Gallivan, PLLC, we may be able to help if your child has been diagnosed with Beckwith-Wiedemann syndrome. We will attempt to uncover the cause of your child’s syndrome, including any environmental toxins that may have lead and contributed to your child’s condition. If the injury could have been avoided, we will recover compensation from those responsible.

Client Reviews
★★★★★
Last year I was injured in an accident, and for the first time, needed the advice of an attorney regarding how to proceed. I was referred to Thomas Gallivan through a family member who is a lawyer in Massachusetts. I am beyond pleased with how Thomas handled my case. He was knowledgeable, professional, and although the case was not as straightforward as some, he used every resource to ensure a positive outcome. Thomas communicated with me regularly and I felt completely informed and confident in his ability. He expertly negotiated a fair settlement that I was very happy with. The entire experience was extremely positive, during a stressful time for me. Thank you Thomas. Melanie
★★★★★
My mom was the victim of nursing home neglect/abuse. I retained Tom and he provided great representation in a professional, courteous fashion. He made a very uncomfortable ordeal bearable. I would highly recommend his services to anyone in need of sound guidance and professional representation. Paul D.
★★★★★
Tom Gallivan fought for - and won - a settlement on behalf of my mother, who suffered terrible pressure sores due to nursing home neglect. I will always be grateful for his diligence and hard work, and for keeping me informed during the entire process. He will fight for you every step of the way. Trudy
★★★★★
Mr. Gallivan did an exceptional job representing our family during a nursing home law suit. He took care of every detail and put us at ease during a very emotional trial. I would very highly recommend him and his firm of outstanding professionals. Jane
★★★★★
Mr. Gallivan was the best choice I could have possibly made to represent me in mom's nursing home neglect case. He kept me informed & updated every step of the way & not only listened but acted on all my concerns. I would highly recommend him as a very professional, diligent, & knowledgeable attorney. Steve
★★★★★
Tom Gallivan represented me for a car accident I was involved in. He not only returned calls and emails promptly, his expertise helped me obtain a nice settlement. His compassion for me was heart-warming and much appreciated. Thank you kindly , Mr. Gallivan. Joanne