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ICD-10 Q67.2
ICD-9 754.0
DiseasesDB 32893

Dolichocephaly is a condition where the head is longer than would be expected,[1] relative to its width. The skulls of Neanderthals show a marked dolichocephaly compared to other humans, past or present. In humans, scaphocephaly is a form of dolicocephaly.

Dolicocephalic dog breeds (such as German Shepherd Dogs) have an elongated nose. This predisposes them to fungal diseases of the nose such as aspergillosis.[2]

It can present in cases of Sensenbrenner syndrome, Crouzon syndrome, Sotos syndrome,[3] as well as Marfan syndrome.


  1. ^ "dolichocephalic - Definition from Merriam-Webster's Medical Dictionary". 
  2. ^ Ferreira, Rafael et al. (2011). "Canine Sinonasal Aspergillosis" (PDF). Acta Scientiae Veterinariae 39 (4): 1009. Retrieved 28 December 2014. 
  3. ^ Park SW, Park MS, Hwang JS, Shin YS, Yoon SH (2006). "A case of Sotos syndrome with subduroperitoneal shunt". Pediatr Neurosurg 42 (3): 174–179. doi:10.1159/000091863. PMID 16636621. 

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