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what causes an unusually large head?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Genetics: There are by definition 3% of the normal adult population that are classified as having an over sized head & 3% that would be considered small. When i see it in a kid i usually find either mom or dad has one also. There are syndromes & birth defect (hydrocephalus) that can also produce a large head, but by far the largest group just inherited the feature.

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A 24-year-old member asked:

I don't know what abnormally large head is but was embarassed to admit it. Can someone tell me?

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Dr. Louise Andrew
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More room for brain!: There is nothing wrong with having a large head. Macrocephaly is just a descriptive term, not a diagnosis. Some very successful and famous people have it. Keep yourself an equally large smile!
A 39-year-old member asked:

What could a large head measurement mean?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Depends on situation: For many, it means you have a genetically larger head size, as i do, making finding a hat that fits a bit difficult. For some infants, it can mean a build up of pressure within the skull caused by abnormal fluid flows within the brain, requiring a surgical procedure.
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A 33-year-old male asked:

What is the definition or description of: Large head?

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Dr. Ivy Fisher
Pediatrics 44 years experience
Macrocephaly: Large heads in infancy need to be followed by pedi MD over time. By itself, can be due to parental large head. If it is out of range and no family history and other things are occurring, i.e. delayed speech and behaviors this can be a soft sign to autism spectrum disorders. If increasing head size over time, can also be due to CSF fluid leaks causing that increase, hydrocephalus Neurologist need

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