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Is anyone familiar with hemihypertrophy?

Is anyone familiar with hemihypertrophy?

Yes: One side of your body grows more rapidly than the other. The outcome will vary from one person to the next. But the larger side, for instance in the muscles and ribs around the spine can either pull the weaker, less muscled side over, or push it over, so that a curve will develop. Depending on which is happening, the side that is concave must be stretched and the weaker side strenthe minimize the. ...Read more

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Hemihypertrophy (Definition)

Hemihypertrophy or hemihyperplasia is a condition in which one side of the body or a part of one side of the body is larger than the other to an extent considered greater than the normal variation. Hemihyperplasia as a congenital overgrowth disorder with the asymmetry is important to establish a diagnosis because hemihyperplasia is associated with an increased ...Read more


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What is the definition or description of: Hemihypertrophy?

What is the definition or description of: Hemihypertrophy?

Hemihypertrophy: Hemihypertrophy or hemihyperplasia is a condition in which one side of the body or a part of one side of the body is larger than the other to an extent considered greater than the normal variation. Hemihyperplasia as a congenital overgrowth disorder with the asymmetry is important to establish a diagnosis because hemihyperplasia is associated with an increased risk for embryonal tumors. ...Read more

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Anyone have scoliosis from hemihypertrophy?

Anyone have scoliosis from hemihypertrophy?

Yes: You can definitely have scoliosis related to hemihypertrophy. Hemihypertrophy refers to an asymmetry in the size and mass of the two sides of the body. This can definitely contribute to scoliosis. Thank you for the question. ...Read more

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Anyone treated hemihypertrophy?

Anyone treated hemihypertrophy?

Hemihypertrophy: In syndromic hemihypertrphy, commonest is beckwith-wiedeman syndrom, associated with glucose metabolism issue, and renal tumors- wilms tumor. There are many other syndromes also possible. In non-syndromic hemihypertrophy, it may be associated with some vascular of lymphatic abnormality. There is possible spinal column- cord abnormality aswell. Treatment is symptomatic and surgical if there etiolog. ...Read more

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Just found out that my little sister has hemihypertrophy?

Just found out that my little sister has hemihypertrophy?

Hemihypertrophy: In syndromic hemihypertrphy, commonest is beckwith-wiedeman syndrom, associated with glucose metabolism issue, and renal tumors- wilms tumor. There are many other syndromes also possible. In non-syndromic hemihypertrophy, it may be associated with some vascular of lymphatic abnormality. There is possible spinal column- cord abnormality aswell. Treatment is symptomatic and surgical if there etiolog. ...Read more

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What does it mean if you are diagnosed with hemihypertrophy?

"Half is big": Hemi-hypertrophy is a term used to imply that half the body is larger than the other half. It is occasionally seen in some named syndromes. ...Read more

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Could I still gain muscle with hemihypertrophy?

Could I still gain muscle with hemihypertrophy?

Yes!: As long as the muscle structure is normal, and nerve impulses are intact, hypertrophied muscles should still respond to exercise in a similar way that normal muscles do. Since muscle symmetry is important to maintain good posture and musculoskeletal health, working the NON hypertrophied side more intensively should be considered. ...Read more

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Anyone coping with scoliosis from hemihypertrophy?

Anyone coping with scoliosis from hemihypertrophy?

Not me: But I recognize the problem. Your one side is more developed muscularly than the other, and the weaker side is less able to support your spine, so you can start to bend toward the side with more muscle. This can be painful. The best solution if the condition is not very advanced is to keep the more developed side well stretched and work to strengthen the weaker side. Pt will help. Avoid bracing. ...Read more

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What is the relation between hemihypertrophy and scoliosis?

What is the relation between hemihypertrophy and scoliosis?

Varies: You can definitely have scoliosis related to hemihypertrophy. Hemihypertrophy refers to an asymmetry in the size and mass of the two sides of the body. This can definitely contribute to scoliosis. On the other hand, certainly not all cases of scoliosis have true hemihypertrophy, most don't. Thank you for the question. ...Read more

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I have hemihypertrophy & I have been having pain in my lower back. I haven't see a doctor in over 10 yrs, is this something urgent?

I have hemihypertrophy & I have been having pain in my lower back. I haven't see a doctor in over 10 yrs, is this something urgent?

Probably not: If the pain has been present for a while and you do not have any other associated symptoms, such as numbness or weakness in your leg, loss of bladder or bowel control, etc., then is probably not urgent. However, chronic back pain can affect your entire life, so it would be wise to see a doctor for this pain. ...Read more

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I have hemihypertrophy on my right leg. One lump on knee two on right side of leg. Searing pain in calf plus pitting edema in ankle. Is this urgent?

I have hemihypertrophy on my right leg. One lump on knee two on right side of leg. Searing pain in calf plus pitting edema in ankle. Is this urgent?

Could be serious.: Hemihypertrophy can mean a difference in length of the leg as well as girth of the leg. If you have suddenly noticed a difference in girth with searing calf pain and pitting edema, you need to go to the ER immediately because of the possibility of a blood clot. I believe in playing it safe since failure to treat could have devastating consequences. ...Read more

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What are common congenital disorders?

What are common congenital disorders?

Birth defects: The most common severe congenital anomalies are heart defects, neural tube defects and Down syndrome. ...Read more

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Can there be congenital absences of all or some of theteeth?

Can there be congenital absences of all or some of theteeth?

Congenital: It is usually the condition of genetic issue. Mostly happened on the lateral incisors and bicuspids, rarely absence of all teeth. ...Read more

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What congenital disease causes organs to be deattached from the body?

What congenital disease causes organs to be deattached from the body?

Confusing question: There is a process where the stomach & intestines do not completely enter the abdomen from their formation area in the embryonic sac. This is called gastroschesis. I no of no other entity where this description would apply. If you are thinking of something else please be more specific of the organs involved. ...Read more

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Can a stroke be congenital?

Can a stroke be congenital?

Sort of: You can have a stroke in the uterus (extremely, extremely rare) or any time after you are born. It is not really 'congenital' per se. What could be considered congenital would be risk factors such as a genetic predisposition to develop aneurysms in your brain or vascular malformations in your brain or bad athersclerotic disease of the arteries (hardening of the arteries). ...Read more

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Is moyamoya a congenital disease?

Is moyamoya a congenital disease?

YES: Moyamoya disease is generally a congenital disease affecting the arteries of the brain causing them to gradually occlude. Fortunately, collaterals develop to supply blood to critical areas of the brain. These vessels can be frail and are prone to bleeding - which can cause a stroke. ...Read more

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What are some congenital metabolic errors?

What are some congenital metabolic errors?

Several: Phenylketonuria (PKU), congenital hypothyroidism, galactosemia, congenital adrenal hyperplasia, glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase deficiency, maple syrup urine disease, medium chain acyl-CoA dehydrogenase deficiency, homocystinuria, glutaric academia type I, isovaleric acidemia and methylmalonic academia. These 11 congenital metabolic disorders are included in the newborn screening program. ...Read more

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What's congenital generalized lipodystrophy?

What's congenital generalized lipodystrophy?

Fat distribution: This is very rare and both parents are typically carriers. The tissue under the skin has almost no fat under it. Instead, fat accumulates inside muscles, liver, heart. Triglycerides get very high and patients are resistant to insulin. Kids may develop early pubic hair and get diabetes. There are many more details. This condition is very serious. ...Read more

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What is the most lethal congenital deformity?

What is the most lethal congenital deformity?

Cardiac defects: Depends on how you want to start? The most lethal would be if the defects (such as anencephaly or hypoplastic left heart syndrome) cause stillbirth (late fetal death) or infant death or pregnancies are terminated after the prenatal diagnosis of fetal defects in more than 50% of cases. ...Read more

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Could you explain what is leber's congenital amaurosis?

Could you explain what is leber's congenital amaurosis?

Genetic eye problem: A rare congenital eye disorder that affects one in 80, 000. Affected infants are often blind at birth. Other symptoms may include crossed eyes (strabismus); rapid, involuntary eye movements (nystagmus); unusual sensitivity to light (photophobia); clouding of the lenses of the eyes (cataracts); and/or a cone shape to the front of the eye (keratoconus). Inherited as an autosomal recessive condition. ...Read more