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Gigantism

Synonym(s)

  • pituitary gigantism

Definition(s)

The condition of accelerated and excessive growth in children or adolescents who are exposed to excess human growth hormone before the closure of epiphyses. It is usually caused by somatotroph hyperplasia or a growth-hormone secreting pituitary adenoma. These patients are of abnormally tall stature, more than 3 standard deviations above normal mean height for age.

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See also Understanding Medical Terminology.

 
Published: July 21, 2014