In order to be able to accurately and quickly tell if a person has gigantism, a medical examination must be completed by a doctor. Giganous growths are caused by an excessive amount of growth hormone released from the pituitary gland. Other possible causes are: Leukemia, cancer, or other diseases that cause the production of a specific kind of tumor. Some people suffer from some of these diseases. This usually occurs because of a hormonal imbalance in the body. If the growth of the gland is excessive in size, this can be a sign of gigantism.
The pituitary gland produces hormones such as insulin, glucose, and adrenaline. All of these hormones are essential for the proper functioning of the body. When the pituitary gland secretes more of them than necessary, the body goes into shock. This can cause serious complications.
People with gigantism may also experience abnormal growths on the face, arms, neck, back, or abdomen that are considered unrelated to normal body growth. These build-ups can be very noticeable and can occur anywhere. Sometimes these growths occur at the same time every day, or may occur at different times.
If a person suffering from gigantism experiences any or all of these specific symptoms, he or she should be examined by a doctor for possible gigantism. A physical examination will help the doctor determine if cancer or some other medical condition is causing the gigantism. If cancer is the cause of gigantism, the doctor may need to perform surgery or chemotherapy on the patient to correct the problem. Sometimes, surgery can also correct the problem caused by gigantism. If the gigantism isn't caused by cancer, then surgery or chemotherapy may just fix the problem.
Many doctors recommend that the patient undergo an MRI or CT scan to determine if there is a problem with the pituitary gland
Sometimes a tumor can be found during this test. If a tumor is found, the doctor may remove all or only part of the pituitary gland. If there are no tumors, the doctor may choose surgery or chemotherapy to correct the problem.
If a physician suspects gigantism, a medical examination is then performed by a physical examination. An endocrine examination is one type of physical examination that will help determine whether a person is suffering from gigantism. An electrocardiogram or an ultrasound may also be performed.
If a doctor suspects that a person is suffering from gigantism, a series of tests may be done to determine what type of medical treatment he or she needs. One test that may be done involves a test that measures a patient's blood pressure and heart rate.
A physical exam will help a doctor determine the cause of gigantism and will give him or her information about the patient. After performing a complete physical exam, a doctor will then evaluate the patient and find out if a surgical procedure is required or not. If a surgical procedure is required, then the physician may order one using a laser. In some cases, the physician may also recommend that the patient undergo surgery or chemotherapy in order to correct the problem.
If the physician suspects that a patient may have gigantism, he or she should discuss treatment options with the patient before performing surgery or undergoing any form of therapy. After receiving treatment, the doctor will be able to determine if the condition has been cured.
Although surgery and chemotherapy may be used to correct a problem caused by gigantism, many patients prefer not to undergo surgery in order to cure their condition. Many doctors believe that surgery and chemotherapy are only a temporary fix to the problem, and that it may come back in the future.
Laparoscopic Surgery is a surgical procedure in which a large laparoscope is used to enter the abdomen through the mouth of the patient. The laparoscope is attached to a high-powered video camera that allows the physician to view the patient from the inside out and see the inside of the body during the operation.