Overgrowth Syndromes

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Overgrowth Syndromes presents a broad yet in-depth discussion of children who are large at birth or experience excessive postnatal growth or some combination of increased weight, length, and head circumference. Many of these syndromes are associated with an increased frequency of tumors. The book is important because of the ever-increasing number of newly identified overgrowth syndromes and the rapid progression of molecular knowledge of these conditions. It covers: Beckwith Wiedemann syndrome, ...
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Overgrowth Syndromes presents a broad yet in-depth discussion of children who are large at birth or experience excessive postnatal growth or some combination of increased weight, length, and head circumference. Many of these syndromes are associated with an increased frequency of tumors. The book is important because of the ever-increasing number of newly identified overgrowth syndromes and the rapid progression of molecular knowledge of these conditions. It covers: Beckwith Wiedemann syndrome, Simpson-Golabi-Behmel syndrome, Sotos syndrome, Proteus syndrome, Bannayan-Riley-Ruvalcaba syndrome, Klippel-Trenaunay syndrome, neurofibromatosis, and fragile X syndrome, among other topics. Each chapter provides a historical perspective and deals with epidemiology, etiology, and molecular biology when known, clinical and pathological features, diagnostic criteria, and differential diagnosis. The book is encyclopedic in scope. It will be of value to pediatricians, medical geneticists, oncologists, hematologists, surgeons, pathologists, radiologists, dermatologists, nephrologists, and molecular biologists.
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Reviewer: Melissa Parisi, MD, PhD (University of Washington School of Medicine)
Description: This is a much needed review of overgrowth syndromes written by several of the pioneers in the field. This readable book is filled with informative tables and illustrations, and includes a discussion of neoplasms encountered in several of the syndromes.
Purpose: The authors' goal is to make the complex subject of overgrowth syndromes accessible to a wide variety of medical professionals, while incorporating the rapidly progressing molecular understanding of these conditions. This is a confusing subject requiring clarity, and this book serves as an excellent first attempt to provide a consistent approach to overgrowth syndromes.
Audience: The authors assert that the target audience for this book includes pediatricians, geneticists, oncologists, pathologists, and molecular biologists, among other medical specialists. This is a lofty goal, and the audience most likely to benefit from this book is the clinical geneticist with experience in dysmorphology who encounters patients with overgrowth features and is striving for a differential diagnosis. Others, such as pediatricians and pathologists with a particular interest in either regional or global overgrowth conditions, or those who "dabble" in dysmorphology, may also find it enjoyable. The authors have a shared collaborative interest and expertise in overgrowth conditions and a mission to spread knowledge about the subject..
Features: The book covers the major overgrowth syndromes encountered in routine clinical genetics practice (including, but not limited, Beckwith-Wiedermann syndrome, Simpson-Golabi-Behmel syndrome, Sotos syndrome, and Proteus syndrome), as well as more obscure conditions such as Bannayan-Riley-Ruvalcaba syndrome. Chapters are devoted to vascular conditions, fetal hydrops, and maternal and endocrine effects, as well as chromosomal disorders associated with overgrowth conditions. Strengths of the book include its comprehensive inclusion of almost every possible genetic condition ever described with regional or global overgrowth and its attempts at consistent presentation. The chapter on Beckwith-Wiedermann syndrome is particularly well written, with a thoughtful review of a complex molecular topic. The treatment of cancer risks for particular syndromes is informative, as are the majority of photographs and other illustrations. There are some inconsistencies in the presentation of details about several of the conditions, and some of the subjective opinions of the authors are presented as established facts. It would be helpful to see more practical management guidelines for some of the syndromes as well.
Assessment: This is an excellent book for the clinical geneticist or any other clinician who routinely encounters individuals with overgrowth. Although these conditions are often included in comprehensive medical genetics books, there is no comparable book available with this degree of depth and devotion to the subject, and with this attention to current molecular details. This book is the first of its kind and is a welcome addition to the field.
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"Overgrowth Syndromes is unique in that it is comprehensive and yet tightly constructed. It is also wonderfully affordable. The book will be a welcome addition to the reference library of specialists in pediatric pathology, neonatology, other branches of pediatrics, medical genetics, and surgery." -Pediatric and Developmental Pathology, Vol. 6, 2003


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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195117462
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 1/28/2002
  • Series: Oxford Monographs on Medical Genetics Series , #43
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 9.90 (w) x 6.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Perspectives on Overgrowth Syndromes 1
2 Beckwith-Wiedemann Syndrome 11
3 Hemihyperplasia (Hemihypertrophy) 32
4 Simpson-Golabi-Behmel Syndrome 38
5 Perlman Syndrome 47
6 Sotos Syndrome 51
7 Weaver Syndrome 59
8 Bannayan-Riley-Ruvalcaba Syndrome 66
9 Proteus Syndrome 75
10 Klippel-Trenaunay Syndrome, Parkes Weber Syndrome, and Sturge-Weber Syndrome 111
11 Maffucci Syndrome 125
12 Neurofibromatosis 130
13 Fragile X Syndrome 152
14 Chromosomal Disorders with Overgrowth 161
15 Other Syndromes 166
16 Maternal and Endocrine Effects 180
17 Fetal Hydrops 189
18 Nonsyndromal Overgrowth 191
19 Miscellaneous Syndromes and Conditions with Overgrowth 193
Index 201
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