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Macrocephaly

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:

What do I need to know about macrocephaly?

Macrocephaly means your child's head is larger than expected for his or her age and gender. Healthcare providers will measure around your child's head. They will compare the size of your child's head to other children that are the same age and sex.

What causes macrocephaly?

There may be a family history of larger heads. Macroencephaly may instead be a symptom of another condition. Some examples include: .

  • A brain tumor
  • An enlarged brain
  • Hydrocephalus (fluid on the brain)
  • A genetic syndrome
  • Bleeding in the head
  • A nervous system infection

What are the symptoms of macrocephaly?

Symptoms may appear right away. Or, they may appear as your child develops. Symptoms depend on the cause of macrocephaly and may include:

  • Increasing head size
  • Delays in development, lack of head control
  • Fussiness and poor eating in babies
  • Increased sleepiness
  • Difficulty walking, changes in eyes
  • Seizures

How is macrocephaly diagnosed and treated?

Healthcare providers can usually diagnose your child during an exam. Your child may need imaging or blood tests to find out the cause. He or she may also need to see a specialist. Treatment depends on the cause of your child's macrocephaly.

When should I call my child's doctor or specialist?

  • You notice symptoms or changes in your child.
  • You have questions or concerns about your child's condition or care.

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