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Dr. Anthony Barkovich
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Microcephaly (Overview)

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 presence of other abnormalities.


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Causes of microcephaly?

Causes 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

Dr. Anthony Barkovich
122 doctors shared insights

Microcephaly (Overview)

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 presence of other abnormalities.


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Is the best treatment of microcephaly in homeopathic medicines?

Is the best treatment of microcephaly in homeopathic medicines?

Collaborative care: People with microcephaly generally have complex problems that come along with the size of their heads. Homeopathy will not alter the microcephaly itself, but may well help seizures and behavioral problems that the person also has. I would suggest teamwork between a good family physician, neurologist, and experienced homeopath in working with such a person over time. ...Read more

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Does anyone have any information on the genetic disorder microcephaly?

Does anyone have any information on the genetic disorder microcephaly?

Microcephaly: There are many different genetic disorders that can cause microcephaly. In some families it can be a recessive gene, in others it may be part of a syndrome. Ask a geneticist or a genetic counselor for specific information. ...Read more

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What is microcephaly?

What is microcephaly?

Small head.: Literally means small head in greek. It suggests that one's head is smaller than 97-99% of one's peers in age/sex. It is frequently associated with neurodevelopmental delay and lower IQ scores. ...Read more

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Causes 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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What are the different types of microcephaly?

What are the different types of microcephaly?

Microcephaly = small: head, or a head circumference for age & gender < 5th %ile. Head growth reflects brain growth. Any genetic or other medical condition that disrupts fetal brain development can cause congenital microcephaly. Any genetic or other medical condition that damages an infant or child's brain or causes degeneration & slows its velocity of growth can cause acquired microcephaly. See below. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: microcephaly?

What is the definition or description of: microcephaly?

Microcephaly: 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 presence of other abnormalities. ...Read more

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Can surgery help children with microcephaly?

Can surgery help children with microcephaly?

Microcephaly = small: head, head circumference for age & gender less than 5th %ile. Head growth reflects brain growth. Any genetic or other medical condition that disrupts fetal brain development from 3 wks. after conception- term can cause congenital microcephaly. Any medical condition that damages an infant or child's brain or genetic cause of degeneration or slow velocity of growth can cause acquired microcephaly. ...Read more

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What is the IQ of someone with microcephaly?

Real low: Not seen outside of institutions, unless you include todd browning's classic ''freaks''. ...Read more

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Baby's head measuring 1 week behind microcephaly?

Baby's head measuring 1 week behind microcephaly?

Head measurement: Was your child premature? If so there is a correction that can be made to more accurately determine appropriateness of head size. Was your baby small for gestational age? Has the head circumference been growing at a rate parallel to the isobars on the head circimference chart, wven though it may be below the 5th percentile. Speak to your pediatrician about these issues. ...Read more