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What is the life expectancy of someone with microcephaly?

What is the life expectancy of someone with microcephaly?

Depends: It is completely dependant on the cause of the microcephaly and on the severity of its associated problems such as seizure disorder, gastro-esophageal reflux or breathing difficulty. ...Read more

Dr. Anthony Barkovich
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Microcephaly (Definition)

Is a neurodevelopmental disorder with a head circumference more than 2-3 standard deviations below the mean for age & gender. It may be congenital or develops in the first few years of life. It stems from wide variety of conditions that cause abnormal brain growth, or from syndromes associated with chromosomal abnormalities. Life expectancy is reduced, depending on ...Read more


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What is the life expectancy of a person with microcephaly?

What is the life expectancy of a person with microcephaly?

Depends: It is completely dependant on the cause of the microcephaly and on the severity of its associated problems such as seizure disorder, gastro-esophageal reflux or breathing difficulty. ...Read more

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I think I have microcephaly because my head is small. What are the symptoms?

I think I have microcephaly because my head is small. What are the symptoms?

Relax: Sorry, to get a diagnosis of this, it is a sad condition made at birth. Abnormally small skull that confines brain. Extremely low functioning. Sound like you? I didn't think so. ...Read more

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I feel sorry for patients wth microcephaly, would they not be easy to be taken advantage of?

Possible yes: In our world there is a chance for this to happen. Handicapped people are abused more often that normal people. ...Read more

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Do you know the pathophysiology of microcephaly?

Do you know the pathophysiology of microcephaly?

Varied: There are literally hundreds of things that can cause this including various syndromes, prenatal infections and lack of oxygen during birth just to name a few of the more common causes. ...Read more

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If a girl has microcephaly, how will she look in future?

If a girl has microcephaly, how will she look in future?

Disproportionate.: Microcephaly since birth may not always persist, howeverit can cause a noticeable disproportion in anthropometry up to adulthood. Microcephaly is associated with lower IQ and increased risk of cerebral palsy. ...Read more

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What is the normal head circumference for a 4years old microcephaly?

What is the normal head circumference for a 4years old microcephaly?

Good question : I am not sure if there is a special chart for the microcephalics, his development may have been charted before overtime and compared to normal curves, development is a complex process, and not measured only by the head circumference, other aspects of the original disease and development interact, check this link too: http://www.who.int/childgrowth/standards/second_set/cht_hcfa_boys_p_0_5.pdf ...Read more

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My four months old son has head circumference of 10 percent. Should I be worried about microcephaly? Dr thinks he is fine..

My four months old son has head circumference of 10 percent. Should I be worried about microcephaly? Dr thinks he is fine..

Depends: If his head has been in the 10th percentile in the past and remains in the 10th percentile in the future, then this is probably normal for him. It would be more concerning if his head circumference had been higher in the past and is now falling on the growth chart. ...Read more

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Is microcephaly a genetic disease?

Is microcephaly a genetic disease?

It can be: Primary microcephaly is an autosomal recessive genetic disorder. Microcephaly is also a feature of other genetic disorders with multiple features. Microcephaly however is not always a genetic condition. A clinical geneticist or neurologist will be able to perform evaluations to determine the cause of the microcephaly. ...Read more

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What to do if I am 23 weeks pregrant and worried my baby has microcephaly?

What to do if I am 23 weeks pregrant and worried my baby has microcephaly?

Ask your OB: I'm not sure why you have this specific concern. This is something quite easily measured on ultrasound. Ask your OB how your baby measured out. If indeed it was small size for dates, then you never rely on just one reading and get multiple ones over the weeks to assess interval growth and get serial accurate measurements. It's easy to do and if still small would refer for higher level ultrasound. ...Read more