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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?

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. Guillermo Philipps
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Macrocephaly (Definition)

Children with macrocephaly have a head circumference (the measurement around the widest part of the head) that is greater ...Read more


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What causes an unusually large head?

What causes an unusually large head?

Genetics: There are by definition 3% of the normal adult population that are classified as having an over sized head & 3% that would be considered small. When i see it in a kid i usually find either mom or dad has one also. There are syndromes & birth defect (hydrocephalus) that can also produce a large head, but by far the largest group just inherited the feature. ...Read more

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What could a large head measurement mean?

What could a large head measurement mean?

Depends on situation: For many, it means you have a genetically larger head size, as i do, making finding a hat that fits a bit difficult. For some infants, it can mean a build up of pressure within the skull caused by abnormal fluid flows within the brain, requiring a surgical procedure. ...Read more

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I don't know what abnormally large head is but was embarassed to admit it. Can someone tell me?

I don't know what abnormally large head is but was embarassed to admit it. Can someone tell me?

Head size varies: There is a wide range of normal head size from ~18-24 inch circumferance in adult & by itself means nothing more than being very tall or short.One or both parents of an identified kid will often have a lg head size.In some kids increasing head size could represent an abnormal accumulation of fluid in the brain. ...Read more

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Can a Thin Person have a Large Head , or does he need a smaller equal size head to adapt to his Body?

Can a Thin Person have a Large Head , or does he need a smaller equal size head to adapt to his Body?

Large head: Our head size is more influenced by genetics than it is by our body size. Although as kids we go through a stage of having big heads, later on body and head will seem more proportional. ...Read more

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Macrocephaly/how large is the head?

Macrocephaly/how large is the head?

Macrocephaly: Macrocephaly is diagnosed when the circumference of the head is more than two standard deviations above average for the child's age, sex, race, and period of gestation and may be caused by many conditions. Macrocephaly would be the diagnosis if the ofc (occipito-frontal circumference) is >90%ile for his age and gestation. ...Read more

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If a baby has a rather large head, would it be possible for their body grow for their head size?

Yes.: Weight varies with height. But head size has nothing to do with height or weight. So although it is possible that someone's body could grow to match their large head, there is no guarantee it will happen. Further, the percentage of your body length that is your head is about 30% at birth, but only 10% as an adult, so babies tend to have bigger heads than adults. ...Read more

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Why does dwarf have such a large head?

Why does dwarf have such a large head?

Achondroplasia: People with this condition give the impresion of having a large head because they usually have frontal bossing(prominent forehead) and a flat nasal root. Actually their head is normal in size but disproportionate to their body. ...Read more

Dr. Mark Pack
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Large Head (Definition)

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