A childhood disorder......
What is Gigantism?
How is Gigantism caused?
Gigantism is caused by an overproduction of growth hormone (GH) that occurs before a child’s bone growth plates have closed. This results in excessive growth and abnormally tall height. People with gigantism generally have very large hands, fingers, toes and heads. They also have changes in related characteristics, including coarse skin, excessive sweat production, and a very deep voice.
What are the symptoms of Gigantism?
Some of the symptoms of Gigantism are:-
- Excessive growth during childhood.
- Frontal bossing and a prominent jaw.
- Thickening of the facial features.
- Increased perspiration.
- Secretion of breast milk.
- Disproportionately large hands and feet with thick fingers and toes.
- Irregular menstruation in females.
- Delayed onset of puberty.
- Difficulty with peripheral vision
What is the treatment?
Some general facts about it:-
- About three people in 1 million have Gigantism.
- 100 cases to date in united states.
- No racial predilection.
- Males and females affected equally.
- Not a genetic disorder.
- 2 - 3 times higher mortality rate in comparison to general population.