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Gigantism Treatment in Spain

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Grupo Hospitalario Quirón

Quirón has an internationally prestigious medical staff, the largest in the sector, and is also the principal hospital network in terms of patient numbers and care facility area. The group administers 38 healthcare centers, more than 2,864 hospital beds and 7,500 associate doctors.

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HM Hospitales

HM Hospitales is a hospital group with six private hospitals in Madrid: three general hospitals, a cardiovascular hospital, an oncological center and a women's health hospital.

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Vithas Xanit International Hospital

Xanit Hospital Internacional is a modern private hospital located in the suburbs of Malaga, Spain. The hospital is modern (opened in 2005), and the staff include over 200 specialists in all medical specialties.

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Hospitales San Roque

Hospitales San Roque has been consolidated over time in the health sector, with a strong bet for the future with the increase of its facilities and installations and the most advanced technologies designed to give the best health care and welfare to the patient.

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Hospital Ruber Internacional

The Ruber International Hospital is designed as a "whole hospital". thus achieving maximum efficiency in the organization and development of the various medical, welfare, educational and research activities.

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Hospital Quirón Torrevieja

Hospital Quirón Torrevieja is an ISO-certified private hospital located in the north of Torrevieja, championing excellence in cancer treatment and management.

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Quirón Madrid University Hospital

An ISO certified modern private hospital, which was opened in 2006, and is part of the Quirón Hospital Group. This tertiary care hospital 400 has certified physicians from all medical specialties capable of treating the most complicated medical cases.

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Sant Joan de Déu-Barcelona Children’s Hospital

Sant Joan de Déu-Barcelona Children’s Hospital is one of the leading medical centers in Europe for childhood and adolescence medicine and offers a comprehensive and multidisciplinary approach to health care from birth through 21 years of age.

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Hospital Quirón Valencia

Quirón Hospital of Valencia is ranked as one of the best private schools in Spain, winning nine times in the TOP 20 award in recognition of its management and quality of care.

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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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