Macrocephaly

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Macrocephaly

Macrocephaly refers to an abnormally enlarged head inclusive of the scalp, cranial bones, and intracranial contents. Macrocephaly may be due to megalencephaly (true enlargement of the brain parenchyma), and the 2 terms are often used interchangeably in the genetic literature (reviews by {5:Olney, 2007} and {8:Williams et al., 2008}). Autosomal recessive macrocephaly/megalencephaly syndrome is characterized by an enlarged cranium apparent at birth or in early childhood. Affected individuals have intellectual disability and may have dysmorphic facial features resulting from the macrocephaly (summary by {1:Alfaiz et al., 2014}).
 

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Craniosynostosis and Positional Plagiocephaly Support Inc

Our mission is to spread awareness, educate and offer support and guidance to families affected by Craniosynostosis and/or Positional Plagiocephaly as well as any craniofacial concern affecting the skull.

Last Updated: 19 Nov 2014

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Craniosynostosis and Positional Plagiocephaly Support Inc

Our mission is to spread awareness, educate and offer support and guidance to families affected by Craniosynostosis and/or Positional Plagiocephaly as well as any craniofacial concern affecting the skull.

http://www.cappskids.org/

Last Updated: 19 Nov 2014

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The terms "Macrocephaly" returned 37 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Volumetric analysis of cerebrospinal fluid and brain parenchyma in a patient with hydranencephaly and macrocephaly--case report.
 

Author(s): Milan Radoš, Marijan Klarica, Branka Mučić-Pucić, Ines Nikić, Marina Raguž, Valentina Galkowski, Dora Mandić, Darko Orešković

Journal: Croat. Med. J.. 2014 Aug;55(4):388-93.

 

The aim of this study was to perform for the first time the intracranial volumetric analysis of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) and brain parenchyma in the supratentorial and infratentorial space in a 30-year-old female patient with hydranencephaly and macrocephaly. A head scan performed ...

Last Updated: 28 Aug 2014

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Man with macrocephaly, learning disability and multiple basal cell carcinomas.
 

Author(s): Charlotte von der Lippe, Ingrid Roscher, Hilde Nordgarden, Cecilie Rustad, Selma Mujezinovic Larsen, Even Mjøen, Åse Bratland

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Gorlin syndrome is a rare genetic condition in which patients may develop medulloblastomas, jaw cysts and basal cell carcinomas and show congenital skeletal malformations. If left undiagnosed, Gorlin syndrome can have a number of negative consequences. Early diagnosis and good follow-up ...

Last Updated: 18 Jun 2014

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Autism-epilepsy phenotype with macrocephaly suggests PTEN, but not GLIALCAM, genetic screening.
 

Author(s): Maria Marchese, Valerio Conti, Giulia Valvo, Francesca Moro, Filippo Muratori, Raffaella Tancredi, Filippo M Santorelli, Renzo Guerrini, Federico Sicca

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With a complex and extremely high clinical and genetic heterogeneity, autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are better dissected if one takes into account specific endophenotypes. Comorbidity of ASD with epilepsy (or paroxysmal EEG) has long been described and seems to have strong genetic ...

Last Updated: 5 Mar 2014

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Natural History Study of Individuals With Autism and Germline Heterozygous PTEN Mutations
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: PTEN; ASD; Autism; Macrocephaly; PTEN Hamartoma Tumor Syndrome

 

Last Updated: 1 Jun 2015

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