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Hospitals and medical centers performing Gigantism Treatment.

Vithas Xanit International Hospital

Our Endocrinology Unit is specialised in very frequent disorders including thyroid diseases, diabetes, obesity dyslipidemia, and being in charge of dealing with the problems of ductless gland. There also is an area where a dietitian Nutrition Consultant for the development of personalized diets.

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Medipol Mega University Hospital

Medipol Mega Hospital Complex is a modern medical facility with four specialist hospitals and an extensive selection of high caliber medical devices available for use. The hospital provides treatments in a wide variety of medical fields in its 470 bed facility.

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Hospital San Jose Tec De Monterrey

A JCI accredited hospital, located 150 miles from the border with Texas, United States. The hospital is a full range tertiary care hospital, with five areas of excellence: Cardiology, Oncology, Neuroscience, Organ Transplant and Liver Disease.

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Hospital Médica Sur

Prestigious destination that conducts first class medical procedures.

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Hospital Ruber Internacional

The Department of Diabetes, Endocrinology and Nutrition contributes to the advancement of diabetology, endocrinology, and nutrition science.

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Hospital Quirónsalud Torrevieja

Hospital Quirónsalud Torrevieja is an ISO-certified private hospital located in the north of Torrevieja, championing excellence in cancer treatment and management.
IMTJ Best International Hospital of the world (awards 2017)

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Quirónsalud Madrid University Hospital

Quirónsalud University Hospital in Madrid has 54,000 square meters in a unique building, which unites its practical nature with the comfort of patients and relatives. Quirónsalud University Hospital in Madrid offers 39 medical-surgical specialties

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Hospital Quirónsalud Marbella

This international hospital incorporates prestigious doctors, invests in research and development, technology and continuing education that enhances skills, in facilities, and in an increased operational efficiency in order to provide nothing but the best.

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Hospital Universitario de San Vicente Fundación

The Division of Nephrology and Eendocrinology provides care for kidney diseases, diseases caused by excessive or insufficient hormone actions, endocrine tumors, and hypertension, which is closely related to problems with both the kidneys and the endocrine system.

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Hospital Quirónsalud Malaga

With more than 36 medical specialties, 200 physicians and surgeons of the highest level, Hospital Quirónsalud Málaga is one of the most pertinent hospitals in Spain.

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About Gigantism Treatment

This information is intended for general information only and should not be considered as medical advice on the part of Health-Tourism.com. Any decision on medical treatments, after-care or recovery should be done solely upon proper consultation and advice of a qualified physician.


What Is Gigantism?

This is a rare condition which causes abnormal growth in children. It occurs when your child’s pituitary gland produces too much of a growth hormone is also known as somatotropin. Early diagnosis is crucial. Prompt treatment can prevent or slow the changes that may cause your child to grow larger than normal. However, the condition can be hard for parents to detect. The signs of gigantism might seem like normal childhood growth spurts at first. This change is notable in terms of height, but girth is affected as well.


Causes of Gigantism
  • Pituitary gland tumor: This is almost always the cause of gigantism. The pituitary gland is the size of a pea and is located at the base of your brain. Some tasks managed by the gland include temperature control, sexual development, growth, metabolism and urine production.
  • McCune-Albright syndrome: This causes abnormal growth in bone tissue, patches of light-brown skin, and gland abnormalities.
  • Multiple endocrine neoplasia type 1 (MEN1): This is an inherited disorder that causes tumors in the pancreas, pituitary gland or parathyroid glands.
  • Neurofibromatosis: This is an inherited disorder that causes tumors in the nervous system.
  • Carney complex: This is an inherited condition that causes non-cancerous tumors on cancerous or non-cancerous endocrine tumors, connective tissue and spots of darker skin.

Signs and symptoms of Gigantism

The symptoms your child has this condition may depend on the size of the pituitary gland tumor. As the tumor grows, it may press on nerves in the brain. If your child has gigantism, you may notice that they’re much larger than other children of the same age. Also, some parts of the body may be larger in proportion to other parts. Common symptoms include:

  • Very large hands and feet
  • A prominent jaw and forehead
  • Flat noses and large heads, lips, or tongues.
  • Vision problems
  • Nausea
  • Excessive sweating
  • Recurrent and severe headaches
  • Weakness
  • Insomnia and other sleep disorders
  • Delayed puberty in both boys and girls
  • Irregular menstrual periods in girls
  • Deafness

Diagnosis

If your child’s doctor suspects gigantism, a blood test may be recommended to measure levels of growth hormones and (IGF-1) insulin-like growth factor 1, a hormone produced by the liver. The medical doctor also may give an oral glucose tolerance test, which involves your child drinking a beverage containing glucose, which is a type of sugar. Blood samples will be taken before and after your child drinks the beverage. Usually, growth hormone levels will drop after eating or drinking glucose. If levels remain the same, it means their body is producing too much growth hormone.


How Is Gigantism Treated?

If the blood tests indicate a pituitary gland tumor, your child will need an MRI scan of the gland. The scan is used to see the size and position of the tumor. Treatments for gigantism aim to slow or stop your child’s production of growth hormones.

  • Surgery: If the tumor is the underlying cause, removing the tumor is the preferred treatment.
  • Medication: This is done if surgery is not an option especially if there’s high risk of injury to critical blood vessels or nerves. Medication is meant to either shrink the tumor or stop the production of excess growth hormone.
  • Gamma Knife Radiosurgery: This treatment is an option if traditional surgery isn’t possible.
  • Side effects include:
    • Obesity
    • Learning disabilities
    • Emotional issues

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