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"What is 'hemihypertrophy'?"
My daughter was just diagnosed with hemihypertrophy and I am concerned. What are our treatment options?
Hemihypertrophy, or hemihyperplasia as it is more correctly called, is a rare condition that affects slightly more than 1:100,000 new births. It is often associated with other syndromes, such as Beckwith-Wiedeman Syndrome, and has varying degrees of severity. It is important to work with your primary care doctor and the specialists that he or she may recommend to both monitor the condition and to make sure that there are no other subsequent medical issues (such as tumors) that may arise. In many cases, due to the rarity of the condition, it may be appropriate to seek a second opinion at a tertiary (referral) medical center rather than just the community, and speak with a geneticist. As for possible treatments for the condition, this is impossible to say without more information. Some presentations of the condition are mild and affect only a single part of the body. These can be managed by correcting any symptoms that may arise. Other people with the condition have more involvement of larger or more vital structures that may affect their life more intimately. As far as treatments to eliminate the condition completely, there are none, and symptoms are most often managed as they arise. Please book an appointment with your doctor immediately!
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