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The health care provider usually finds macrocephaly during a routine well-baby exam.
The health care provider will take a medical history and will perform a physical examination.
Medical history questions may include:
The distance is measured in centimeters or inches and compared with:
A careful physical exam will be done. Other milestones for growth and development will be checked.
In some cases, a single measurement is enough to confirm that there is a size increase that needs to be tested further. More often, repeated measurements of the head circumference over a period of time are needed to confirm that the head circumference is increased and the problem is getting worse.
Diagnostic tests vary depending on the cause, but often include:
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