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What is macrocephaly, can baby die from it?

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

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 is the definition or description of: Macrocephaly?

What is the definition or description of: Macrocephaly?

Macrocephaly: Children with macrocephaly have a head circumference (the measurement around the widest part of the head) that is greater than the 98th percentile. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my child was diagnosed with macrocephaly?

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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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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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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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. ?

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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My fetus has just been diagnosed with macrocephaly and hydrocephalus?

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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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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Impatient because her head is still swollen! and is macrocephaly (enlarged head) a correct diagnoses for fluid in the brain, what to do?

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

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33 weeks ultrasound showed impression of macrocephaly with dilated both lateral and III rd ventricles. Please what does it mean ?

Consult neurosurgeon: This sounds like you had an ultrasound of your baby in utero. The dilated ventricles and macrocephaly suggest hydrocephalus. The cause is sometimes not immediately known based on the information provided. Frequently your ob/gyn physician will consult with a neurosurgeon to review the situation and to be available for evaluation/treatment when the baby is delivered. ...Read more

Dr. William Singer
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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. Payam Mehranpour
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Enlarged Head (Definition)

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