What is it?

Hemihypertrophy is a rare condition characterized by asymmetry between both sides of the body- one side grows more than the other. It is either idiopathic or caused due to several syndromes such as neurofibromatosis and Beckwith- Wiedemann. It happens slightly more on the right side, and may involve the head, trunk, and internal organs.

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Additional names

This group contains additional names:
- Stickler syndrome
- Russell-Silver syndrome
- Congenital Hemihypertrophy
- CHARGE syndrome

Signs & symptoms

Symptoms include a tendency for one side of the body, a long arm or leg or bigger in its circumference.


Diagnosis is based upon findings from medical history and physical examination- hemihypertrophy is diagnosed as a 5% or greater difference in length and/or circumference. There could also be leg-length discrepancy. Further evaluation may include imaging of the bones and abdominal ultrasound.


Treatment includes non operative options such as shoe lift and corrective shoes and surgical corrections.

☝️ This is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult with your physician before making any medical decision.

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