Beckwith-Wiedemann Syndrome with Cleft Palate : 2013

Photograph by

John Volcano

About this image

Photograph of a baby showing a cleft palate (palatoschesis). He had also been diagnosed with Beckwith-Wiedemann Syndrome (BWS). Both the cleft palate and BWS are genetic conditions symptomised by anomalous development before birth. Cleft palate is a result of the two parts of the skull that form the hard palate in the roof of the mouth not joining completely. Cleft palate is normally treated surgically soon after birth as it can lead to problems with feeding. BWS is an overgrowth condition characterised by high birth weight and length, overgrown tongue, abdominal wall defects, low blood sugar after birth and ear pits and creases. This image was captured on a Canon EOS 5D Mk.II camera and 100mm macro lens using studio flash lighting and a hand-held flash unit. UCL Medical Illustration Services, University College London, London, United Kingdom