What acromegaly is in adults, gigantism is in children and adolescents.
Excessive secretion of growth hormone, which is usually due to a pituitary tumor, causing excessive growth of body parts. However, while acromegaly occurs after the limb bones have already ceased to grow, this is not the case with gigantism, so the patient can reach a height of 2.2 meters or even more.
What to do?
If a child or adolescent grows excessively, even if parents are also tall, one should immediately contact a doctor. As with acromegaly, treatment is intended to prevent and stop the growth of the patient and, in most cases, it has been successfull.