Gigantism

What is Gigantism?

Gigantism meaning A disorder in children due to an excessive amount of growth hormone. Growth hormone, also called somatotropin, is secreted by the anterior lobe of the pituitary gland. A hormone secreting pituitary adenoma, a type of benign brain tumor, can cause this condition. In adults who have achieved their full height, excessive growth hormone causes acromegaly.

 

reference: national Cancer Institute – Glossary for Registrars

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