- Posted on- May 27, 2015
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Our body’s pituitary gland secretes growth hormone (GH) which is responsible for overall body development during childhood. When too much growth hormone is secreted that augments the growth of muscle, bones and connective tissue in childhood or adolescence before the end of puberty, the condition is called Gigantism (Endocrine disorder). The result is an increase in height and formation of additional soft tissues. Some individuals may achieve a height in excess of eight feet.
Causes of Gigantism
In most of the cases, non-cancerous pituitary gland tumor is behind gigantism. Located at the base of the brain, pituitary gland makes hormones that control body temperature, metabolism growth, sexual development and urine production. Other causes of gigantism are: