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Enlarged Head Circumference
Depends on gender ;: Velocity of growth. Has the head circumference grown normally along a single curve between 5th-95th%ile or increased too rapidly, e.g., jumping from 25th to 95th %ile (as may be seen in autism or hydrocephalus), or too slowly, e.g., dropping from 25th to 5th%ile, (indicating insufficient brain growth)?Girls' range at 9 months is 41.6-46.6 cm; avg. Is 44 cm. Boys, 43-47.4 cm; avg. Is 45.4 cm. ...Read more
Yes: Depending upon the exact cause of the hydrocephalus, hydrocephalus in a neonate/infant may present purely with an enlarging head circumference without any other apparent neurological issues. If left untreated, however, a child will likely develop significant neurological symptoms related to brain dysfunction - mental delay, vision loss, psychomotor difficulties, etc. ...Read more
A four year old child has no hair and an enlarged head. His facial features seem normal. What could this be?
What did the tech mean when she said my baby had enlarged head on ultrasound? Doctor said nothing about it.
Truth about results.: Technicians are trained to have some understanding of what they are testing and basic interpretation. There training is not extensive enough to interpret all aspects of a patient's medical condition. Hence the physician is the one who has the final say in the outcome of the tests. ...Read more
Impatient because her head is still swollen! and is macrocephaly (enlarged head) a correct diagnoses for fluid in the brain, what to do?
Can't advise : This is really not something that an physician that is not involved in her care can comment on. I see you are from NYC. Some of the very best neurosurgeons practice in NY. I'd follow their advice, and get a second opinion if you aren't sure about the recommendation. ...Read more
2011 had vp shunt placed. Had sterile peritonitis. Now have enlarged head of pancrease (pancrelipase). Elarged right side of liver 17.5 cm. Multiple lymph nodes seen?
My baby head circumference grew 2 CM in two month from 38 CM when born to 40 CM in two months. Is that ok? Doctor says normal
Yes, FINE: Babies can grow remarkably fast in the first year and a growth as described by you is n the range of normalcy, best wishes. ...Read more
My baby girl's head circumference only grew by 1cm in 2 MONTHS, From birth (34.5 cm) to 2 months (35.5). Based on the head chart, she's way behind. ?
Head circumference: This does seem like slow growth. Sometimes there is moulding of the scalp which alters the head circumference and sometimes it may be difficult to get an accurate measurement. Was your baby a full term baby? Are the other measurements, her weight and her height OK? Parents heads should be measured as well. Ask for a referral to see a Pediatrician or Pediatric neurologist to help sort this out. ...Read more
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