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Diseases » Microcephaly » Summary
 

What is Microcephaly?

What is Microcephaly?

  • Microcephaly: Small head circumference.
  • Microcephaly: Abnormal smallness of the head, usually associated with mental retardation. (Dorland, 27th ed)
    Source - Diseases Database
  • Microcephaly: an abnormally small head and underdeveloped brain.
    Source - WordNet 2.1

Microcephaly: Introduction

Types of Microcephaly:

Broader types of Microcephaly:

How many people get Microcephaly?

Prevalance of Microcephaly: rare
Incidence (annual) of Microcephaly: 1.02 per 10,000 births in the UK 2002 for microcephaly (University of Ulster, 2003)
Incidence Rate of Microcephaly: approx 1 in 666,666 or 0.00% or 407 people in USA [about data]

How serious is Microcephaly?

Complications of Microcephaly: see complications of Microcephaly
Prognosis of Microcephaly: In general, life expectancy for individuals with microcephaly is low and the prognosis for normal brain function is poor. The prognosis varies depending on the presence of associated abnormalities. (Source: excerpt from NINDS Microcephaly Information Page: NINDS)

What causes Microcephaly?

Causes of Microcephaly: see causes of Microcephaly

What are the symptoms of Microcephaly?

Symptoms of Microcephaly: see symptoms of Microcephaly

Complications of Microcephaly: see complications of Microcephaly

Microcephaly: Testing

Diagnostic testing: see tests for Microcephaly.

Misdiagnosis: see misdiagnosis and Microcephaly.

How is it treated?

Treatments for Microcephaly: see treatments for Microcephaly
Research for Microcephaly: see research for Microcephaly

Society issues for Microcephaly


Hospitalization statistics for Microcephaly: The following are statistics from various sources about hospitalizations and Microcephaly:

  • 0.002% (272) of hospital consultant episodes were for microcephaly in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 97% of hospital consultant episodes for microcephaly required hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 54% of hospital consultant episodes for microcephaly were for men in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 46% of hospital consultant episodes for microcephaly were for women in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 16% of hospital consultant episodes for microcephaly required emergency hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
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Organs Affected by Microcephaly:

Organs and body systems related to Microcephaly include:

Name and Aliases of Microcephaly

Main name of condition: Microcephaly

Other names or spellings for Microcephaly:

Head small, Micrencephaly Source - Diseases Database

Microcephalus, Nanocephaly
Source - WordNet 2.1

Microcephaly: Related Conditions

Research the causes of these diseases that are similar to, or related to, Microcephaly:

 

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