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Brachicephaly and dolichocephaly
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Dolichocephaly (derived from the Ancient Greek δολιχός, "long" and κεφαλή, "head") is a condition where the head is longer than would be expected,[1] relative to its width. In humans, scaphocephaly is a form of dolichocephaly.

Dolicocephalic dogs (such as German Shepherds) have elongated noses. This makes them vulnerable to fungal diseases of the nose such as aspergillosis.[2] In humans the anterior–posterior diameter (length) of dolichocephaly head is more than the transverse diameter (width). It has an incidence of 1 in every 4,200 babies.

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

Although dolichocephaly may be associated with some other abnormalities, alone it is just a normal variation; unless symptomatic, it is not a cause for concern. Early diagnosis can be made by X-ray or ultrasonography. Treatment is not essential.[citation needed]

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  1. ^ "dolichocephalic - Definition from Merriam-Webster's Medical Dictionary". Archived from the original on 2008-05-14.
  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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