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Dr. Guillermo Philipps
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Macrocephaly (Overview)

Macrocephaly is also known as Enlarged head. An enlarged head is a clinical finding in which the head is larger than in a normal, healthy person.


Dr. James Ferguson
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What is macrocephaly, can baby die from it?

Dr. James Ferguson
Board Certified, Pediatrics
41 years in practice
145M people helped
What is macrocephaly, can baby die from it?

Descriptive term: Macrocephaly is simply a descriptive term that means big head. By definition about 3% of the population will be at the large end of the head size scale ( as well as 3% on the small end). Some syndromes or conditions like hydrocephalus have big heads, but most macrocephaly is a benign autosomal dominant trait. It hasn't bothered me a bit, except for being hard to find a football helmet to fit. ...Read more

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Dr. Guillermo Philipps
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Macrocephaly (Overview)

Macrocephaly is also known as Enlarged head. An enlarged head is a clinical finding in which the head is larger than in a normal, healthy person.


Dr. James Ferguson
Board Certified, Pediatrics
41 years in practice
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My daughter was diagnosed with macrocephaly. What does this mean?

Dr. James Ferguson
Board Certified, Pediatrics
41 years in practice
145M people helped
My daughter was diagnosed with macrocephaly. What does this mean?

Big head: Macro=big, cephaly=head.This is just a label for someone with a larger than expected head, which at least 3-5% of the normal population will have. It is usually genetic, with one or both parents affected. There are some medical conditions that can also cause the head to be large which can be sorted out by a physician. For most, it just makes finding a hat that fits difficult. ...Read more

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Dr. James Ferguson
Board Certified, Pediatrics
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Is there any means of treating macrocephaly. Im 6ft 3" 24 years old and my head is 63cm in diameter. I've only noticed its size in the last 3 years. ?

Dr. James Ferguson
Board Certified, Pediatrics
41 years in practice
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Is there any means of treating macrocephaly. Im 6ft 3" 24 years old and my head is 63cm in diameter. I've only noticed its size in the last 3 years. ?

Other Sx ???: By definition you have a big head circumference. It is likely one of your parents do too. If you've lived this long and had no problems other than finding a hat that fits, ignore the issue & live your life knowing you fall in the top 3% in something. If you think the size is increasing, have unexplained headaches, etc. See your doc. You only beat me by 2 cm. ...Read more

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Dr. Larry Armstrong
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My fetus has just been diagnosed with macrocephaly and hydrocephalus?

Dr. Larry Armstrong
Board Certified, Neurosurgery
22 years in practice
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My fetus has just been diagnosed with macrocephaly and hydrocephalus?

Large Head: The head is larger than normal probably due to the hydrocephalus found on the ultrasound. A consultation with a pediatric neurosurgeon would be great to help you be ready to deal with this when the baby is born. ...Read more

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How do I get rid of hyper pigmintattion?

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How do I get rid of hyper pigmintattion?

Hydroquinone: Hyperpigmentation if often caused be inflammation du to injury or infection and the action of the sun. Hydroquinone, and sunscreens can revers the process and improve the hyperpigmentation. ...Read more

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Dr. Lois Freisleben-Cook
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My child was diagnosed with macrocephaly. I took her in to get an MRI done It came back normal. Is her head going to be abnormally large when teenager?

Dr. Lois Freisleben-Cook
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My child was diagnosed with macrocephaly.
I took her in to get an MRI done It came back normal. Is her head going to be abnormally large when teenager?

NO: Large head size is usually inherited. Chances are she will have a larger head but no more so than her family members and certainly not apparent to those who are not carrying around tape measures. She will look fine. ...Read more

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Dr. James Ferguson
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41 years in practice
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What is macrocephaly, can baby die from it?

Dr. James Ferguson
Board Certified, Pediatrics
41 years in practice
145M people helped

Descriptive term: Macrocephaly is simply a descriptive term that means big head. By definition about 3% of the population will be at the large end of the head size scale ( as well as 3% on the small end). Some syndromes or conditions like hydrocephalus have big heads, but most macrocephaly is a benign autosomal dominant trait. It hasn't bothered me a bit, except for being hard to find a football helmet to fit. ...Read more

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Dr. Ellen Altenburg
Board Certified, Pediatrics
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What do you suggest if my child was diagnosed with macrocephaly?

Dr. Ellen Altenburg
Board Certified, Pediatrics
26 years in practice
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What do you suggest if my child was diagnosed with macrocephaly?

? cause: It really depends on the cause. Most kids just have big heads because their parents have big heads. If it is due to hydrocephalus, then you child's physicians are best able to advise you. ...Read more

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Dr. James Ferguson
Board Certified, Pediatrics
41 years in practice
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My daughter was diagnosed with macrocephaly. What does this mean?

Dr. James Ferguson
Board Certified, Pediatrics
41 years in practice
145M people helped

Big head: Macro=big, cephaly=head.This is just a label for someone with a larger than expected head, which at least 3-5% of the normal population will have. It is usually genetic, with one or both parents affected. There are some medical conditions that can also cause the head to be large which can be sorted out by a physician. For most, it just makes finding a hat that fits difficult. ...Read more

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Dr. James Ferguson
Board Certified, Pediatrics
41 years in practice
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Is there any means of treating macrocephaly. Im 6ft 3" 24 years old and my head is 63cm in diameter. I've only noticed its size in the last 3 years. ?

Dr. James Ferguson
Board Certified, Pediatrics
41 years in practice
145M people helped

Other Sx ???: By definition you have a big head circumference. It is likely one of your parents do too. If you've lived this long and had no problems other than finding a hat that fits, ignore the issue & live your life knowing you fall in the top 3% in something. If you think the size is increasing, have unexplained headaches, etc. See your doc. You only beat me by 2 cm. ...Read more

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Dr. Debra Rosenblatt
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Large Head (Definition)

Large heads are a clinical finding often caused by a larger brain, fluid in the ...Read more


Dr. Sanjiv Kaul
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Enlarged Head (Definition)

An enlarged head is a clinical finding in which the head is larger than in ...Read more


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