Good news for the Tallest Man in the World

Mr. Sultan Kosen the Gunniess world record holder as the tallest man in the world has finally stopped growing. Mr. Kosen, who is a native of Turkey,at 29 years old, and 8 feet 3 inches tall, was still growing, and was treated for a condition called acromegaly at the University of Virginia Medical Center.

Acromegaly is a serious medical condition caused when the body produces too much growth hormone usually due to a benign tumor on the pituitary gland. This exposure to excessive amounts of growth hormone if produced before puberty results in gigantism and the uncontrolled growth of the skeleton. Muscles and other parts of the body are not able to keep up with this unchecked growth and can ultimately result in death if untreated.

Mr. Kosen has been under the care of Dr, Mary Lee Vance an endocrinologist, at the U VA medical center since 2010, who put him on medication to control the production of the growth hormone, and Neurosurgeon Dr. Jason Sheehan who then performed Gamma Knife radiosurgery in August 2010 to remove the tumor from the pituitary gland. The non invasive radiosurgery which delivers a focused beam of radiation to a specific part of the patients’ body guided by MRI was necessary as Mr. Kosen’s tumor had spread to other parts of his brain and it would have been too dangerous to remove it via other means.

 

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