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Read about 40 YO male who grew 2 inches taller. Doctor suggested Xray of hand to check bone conditions. What type of conditions would they look for?

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In brief: Acromegaly

A growth hormone secreting pituitary tumor would cause acromegaly in an adult and gigantism in a child.
There are radiographic findings on a hand radiograph of acromegaly such as enlarged pisiform bone. A GH secreting pituitary tumor should not cause increased height in an adult unless the person had some other rare metabolic bone disease in which the physeal growth plates were still open.

In brief: Acromegaly

A growth hormone secreting pituitary tumor would cause acromegaly in an adult and gigantism in a child.
There are radiographic findings on a hand radiograph of acromegaly such as enlarged pisiform bone. A GH secreting pituitary tumor should not cause increased height in an adult unless the person had some other rare metabolic bone disease in which the physeal growth plates were still open.
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