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World's Tallest Man To Have Surgery

Fri, 08/20/2010 - 7:35am

Source: Fox News

Sultan Kosen will have surgery to stop the abnormal growth spurts that have made him the tallest man in the world. The 27-year-old from Turkey is more than 8’ tall as a result of a rare hormonal condition called acromegaly, which causes the pituitary gland to produce too much growth hormone, usually as a result of a non-cancerous tumor on the pituitary gland.

Acromegaly causes the skeleton and internal organs to grow disproportionately. When the organs that also respond to growth hormone, like the kidneys, intestines and the heart, become enlarged, they become weakened. Patients typically also have deep voices and enlarged tongues, making it difficult to swallow.

Two previous surgeries and radiation therapy failed to remove Kosen's tumor. This procedure will use gamma-knife radiosurgery on the tumor with the hope of shutting it down and stop if from growing itself, as well as to suppress its overproduction hormone that’s causing all the problems.

Typically, this surgery will lead to a cure in six to 12 months. Without effective treatment, patients with acromegaly have a substantially shorter life expectancy. They also have a greater risk of developing cancer.

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