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Macrosomia


Definition:

Macrosomia describes an unusually large body size. It is often used to describe an oversized fetus.

Information:

The most common cause of macrosomia is diabetes in the mother. Macrosomia can lead to trauma during birth and a greater chance of a cesarean delivery.


Review Date: 11/13/2011
Reviewed By: Neil K. Kaneshiro, MD, MHA, Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of Washington School of Medicine. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.

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