Hemihyperplasia

Dr Henry Knipe et al.

Hemihyperplasia, also known as hemihypertrophy, is asymmetry in size between the right and left of the body, more than can be attributed to normal variation.

Hemihyperplasia is more scientifically correct than hemihypertrophy as the cells are hyperplastic rather than hypertrophied 1

Incidence is estimated at 1 in ~50,000 live births 2,4

Aetiology

Hemihyperplasia can arise sporadically as isolated hemihyperplasia, or it can arise as part of a syndrome 2-4:

Associations

Increased risk (5% of patients) of malignancy, most commonly Wilms tumours 2

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Article Information

rID: 42988
Section: Syndromes
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Hemihypertrophy
  • Isolated hemihyperplasia

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