BWS is an "overgrowth" syndrome, so many of the signs and symptoms are related to overgrowth. Being that tumors are composed of an abnormal overgrowth of cells, it's not surprising that kids with BWS have a greatly increased risk of childhood cancer. Because the liver and kidneys are the most likely (but not only) places for tumor growth in BWS kids they received abdominal ultrasounds every 12 weeks to screen for tumors in both the liver and kidneys as well as blood work every 6 weeks to further test for tumor growth in the liver.
So while there are many aspects of BWS, this increased risk for cancer is one of the most prominent features of the syndrome, and almost certainly the most concerning.
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