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GIGANTISM

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Excessive growth (mainly in height) caused by overproduction, during childhood or adolescence, of GROWTH HORMONE by a tumour of the PITUITARY GLAND. Untreated, the affected individual may die in early adulthood. Sometimes the tumour appears after the individual has stopped growing and the result then is ACROMEGALY rather than gigantism.

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