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Gigantism

Gigantism is a condition that can be caused by abnormally high levels of human growth hormone (GH) during childhood. High GH levels cause an affected child to grow extremely tall.

The excess GH is usually produced by a tumor in the pituitary gland.

The effects of gigantism can be prevented with medicine if the condition is discovered early.

By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Alan C. Dalkin, MD - Endocrinology
Current as of August 2, 2012

WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

Last Updated: August 02, 2012
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