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ABSTRACT: Beckwith-Wiedemann syndrome (BWS) (OMIM 130650) is a disease of prenatal overgrowth, congenital malformations, and predisposition
to cancer. The syndrome was independently described by J.B. Beckwith, an American pathologist, at the annual meeting of the
Western Society for Pediatric Research in 1963  and H.R. Wiedemann, a German pediatrician, in 1964 . This disease was
initially referred to as the EMG syndrome for its most prominent clinical features that distinguished the syndrome from other
congenital malformations: exomphalos, macroglossia, and gigantism.
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