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Hi , my child has BWS and she is currently suffering from incontinence she has done a ultrasound to her bladder and was normal , has anyone have any information on it of what it may be wrong or experience this with they child ,please someone replay to me I'm having a hard time dealing with it my daughter is only 4 year .

I would appreciated any information

thank you

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loppylou68 profile image

I hope you are ok...?!

..I don't know about the condition Bws but I sincerely hope that you keep being your daughters advocate and take care of yourself as well as your daughter at such a terrible time

You sound like a very strong person


Songbird63 profile image

I'm sorry you are struggling with this.

I am not aware of any link between BWS and urinary incontinence in children. However it is very common in children of your daughters age, with about 20% experiencing it.

However it is linked with other medical conditions. Here is a link to an article about it from Great Ormond Steet Hospital.

Wishing you and your daughter all the best.

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mychild in reply to Songbird63

Thank you so much for the replay , it as give me a piece of mind knowing that this may be a face she is going through like a normal child of her age

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mychild in reply to Songbird63

Hi, could you also tell me about behaviour link to Bws may daughter can be over emotional most of time find it very difficult to cope and managed and also her concentration is really bad she can't stay in one place more than 5 minutes still , thank you for any information given 💗💗

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Songbird63Administrator in reply to mychild

There was only one study into behaviour issues and BWS carried out many years ago that I am aware of, and the results were not statistically valid.

I am not aware of any proven link with poor concentration or any other behavioural problems and BWS. However, BWS children may suffer form other childhood problems as well as BWS, just like any other child. The important thing if you are worried about your child's behaviour is to have her assessed by a child psychologist.

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Thank you loppylou68 very kind word , you also look after yourself , I'm here if you need me 💖👍🏽

AkRosanna profile image

Helpful study from Italy. BWS kids can have other issues with their kidneys besides Wilms tumor. My 16 yo son just got diagnosed with hypercalciuria and its symptoms are listed as back pain, abdomen pain, frequent urinary tract infections, voiding issues and incontinence. For my son, a combination of blood tests, and ultrasound found the problem.

PubMed Results

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1.Pediatr Nephrol. 2012 Mar;27(3):397-406. doi: 10.1007/s00467-011-2009-4. Epub 2011 Oct 21.

Nephrological findings and genotype-phenotype correlation in Beckwith-Wiedemann syndrome.

Mussa A1, Peruzzi L, Chiesa N, De Crescenzo A, Russo S, Melis D, Tarani L, Baldassarre G, Larizza L, Riccio A, Silengo M, Ferrero GB.

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1Department of Pediatrics, University of Torino, Piazza Polonia 94, 10126, Torino, Italy.


Beckwith-Wiedemann syndrome (BWS), an overgrowth disorder with several congenital abnormalities, encompasses nephrourological anomalies. The objective of the report is to analyze the latter and related genotype-phenotype correlations. The study was a retrospective review of nephrourological investigations and genotype in 67 BWS patients. Imaging and laboratory studies have been correlated with the molecular anomalies typical of BWS. Thirty-eight (56.7%) patients had a total of 61 nonmalignant nephrourological findings, including nephromegaly (n = 24), collecting system abnormalities (n = 14), cryptorchidism (n = 11), nephrolithiasis (n = 5), cysts (n = 5), and dysplasia (n = 1). Four patients had Wilms' tumor, all associated with renal hyperplasia. Renal findings were almost consistent in the BWS(IC1) group, with nephromegaly in all patients and collecting system abnormalities in half of them. BWS(UPD) and negative patients also had frequent anomalies (63.6% and 61.9% respectively), whereas only 36.0% of BWS(IC2) had renal findings (p = 0.003). Cryptorchidism was associated with abdominal wall defects (p < 0.001) appearing more frequently in BWS(IC2) (p = 0.028). Urinary tract infections were observed in 17.9% of patients, with two resulting in life-threatening sepsis. Hypercalciuria was present in 10% of cases. 55.5% of BWS patients have renal findings. Although variegate, these anomalies disclose a genotype-phenotype correlation.

PMID: 22015620 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

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