Overview

Gigantism is a rare condition that causes abnormal growth in children. It occurs when a child's body produces too much growth hormone. Early diagnosis is important. Prompt treatment can stop or slow the changes that may cause a child to[read article]

Tests for Gigantism

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As its name suggests, growth hormone(GH) helps bones and muscles grow and develop properly. This hormoneis produced by the pituitary gland,which is located at the b...  More
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A physical examination is a routine test your doctor performs to check your overall health. It is also known as a wellness check. A physical examination helps your ...  More
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Growth hormone (GH), also known as human growth hormone (HGH) or somatotropin, is one of several hormones produced by the pituitary gland of the brain. Growth hormo...  More
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Serum Insulin-Like Growth Factor 1 (IGF-1) Level Test
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A glucose tolerance test measures how well your body is able to break down glucose, or sugar. Those who suffer from diabetes (type 1) have trouble processing glucos...  More
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Plasma Insulin-Like Growth Factor 1 (IGF 1) Level Test
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The pituitary gland is a small structure located at the base of the brain. It secretes several important hormones. One of these is the growth hormone (GH). This hor...  More
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Neurological Examination
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Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the head is a painless, noninvasive test that produces detailed images of your brain and brain stem. The test is carried out wit...  More
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A cranial CT scan of the head is a diagnostic tool used to create detailed pictures of the skull, brain, paranasal sinuses, and eye sockets. CT stands for computed ...  More
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Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the head is a painless, noninvasive test that produces detailed images of your brain and brain stem. The test is carried out wit...  More
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Prolactin (also called PRL or lactogenic hormone) is a hormone produced by the pituitary gland in the brain. Prolactin plays an important role in the reproductive h...  More
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Medical Procedures for Gigantism

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Radiation therapy is a cancer treatment that uses concentrated radiation beams to kill cancer cells. The most common type of radiation therapy is external beam radi...  More
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Surgical Procedures for Gigantism

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Surgical Removal of Tumor
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Prescribed Medications for Gigantism

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OCTREOTIDE (ok TREE oh tide) is used to reduce blood levels of growth hormone in patients with a condition called acromegaly. This medicine also reduces flushing an...  More
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BROMOCRIPTINE (broe moe KRIP teen) comes from a group of medicines called ergot alkaloids. This medicine is useful in treating menstrual and fertility problems and ...  More
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PEGVISOMANT blocks growth hormone. It is used to treat acromegaly, a condition where the body makes too much growth hormone.  More
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Cabergoline (ca BER goe leen) is used to treat high levels of prolactin. This is a hormone made by the body that affects things like the menstrual cycle, breast mil...  More
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