My child appears too tall for his age, which diseases may cause this?
Gigantism is a condition where a child is too tall for his age. The condition is due to an excess of the Growth Hormone.
Gigantism is caused when the pituitary gland in the brain releases too much Growth Hormone. While the condition is extremely rare, this patient guide helps you figure out what you can do.
Gigantism shows many other symptoms like skin color changes (cafe au lait spots). There is also evidence of neurofibromas - a condition where there are small masses in different parts of the body, including inside the brain, or eyes.
The diagnosis is made with blood tests and MRI of the brain.