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October 1970

Congenital Hemihypertrophy: Problems in Long-Term Management

Author Affiliations

Rochester, NY
From the University of Rochester, School of Medicine and Dentistry, Rochester, NY. Dr. Haicken is now with the Department of Pediatrics, Jacobi Hospital, Bronx, NY.

Am J Dis Child. 1970;120(4):372-373. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1970.02100090146022

A 41-year-old man presented with congenital hemihypertrophy. At 15 years of age, the patient developed bilateral varicose veins and lymphedema of the right leg. At age 20 years, he developed streptococcal cellulitis of the right leg and has had numerous similar episodes since, which frequently progress to septicemia. The long-term management of congenital hemihypertrophy must be concerned with the possible occurrence of childhood neoplasms, mental retardation, abnormal sexual development, and the complications of associated vascular anomalies.

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