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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.
Current as of:
November 14, 2014
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Alan C. Dalkin, MD - Endocrinology
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