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Unusual bone growth: Gigantism is known medically as acromegaly and results from abnormal production of growth hormone, usually from the pituitary gland. Children exhibit excessive height as the usual the first sign. Adults with abnormally high levels of growth hormone usually develop a thickened brow, chin, large hands and have problems with bone growth in general as well as collagen problems and heart problems. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
XS Growth Hormone: Pituitary gigantism is a rare disorder and typically is a sporadic and isolated condition. However, it can occur within the context of a coexisting disorder or arise according to a pattern of familial inheritance. Syndromes in which gigantism is a well-recognized feature include mccune albright syndrome, multiple endocrine neoplasia type i, and carney complex. ...Read more
Niece is 12 years old, 215lb, nearly 6ft tall. I believe she may have growth issues, her mom refuses to get her checked out. What could it be?Gigantism?
One hopes her school: & pediatrician talk to her parents about her ? risk of diabetes, hypertension, etc. Use http://pediatrics.About.Com/cs/usefultools/l/bl_bmi_calc.Htm to determine her bmi. Her md can review the velocity of growth of her head & body & ? in bmi, family history, physical exam including stage of puberty & blood pressure & decide which labs & x-rays are needed only with consent from mom or dad. ...Read more