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The main feature of microcephaly is a head size that is much smaller than normal for the child’s age and gender.
Other signs and symptoms can vary widely from child to child. They can include:
Some children with microcephaly also have other medical problems such as:
Microcephaly has a variety of causes. Knowing the cause is important in predicting what symptoms a child with microcephaly will have. For example, some forms of microcephaly are linked with severe developmental delay or a high risk for seizures, while others are not. Some forms can impair motor function or affect other organs in the body. Microcephaly linked to prenatal infections such as Zika sometimes causes with vision and hearing problems.
Microcephaly is often congenital, meaning a baby is born with the condition. In other cases, a baby can develop microcephaly after birth.
Causes of congenital microcephaly include:
Causes of microcephaly during infancy include:
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