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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