Another Khali In The Making? Meet The Gentle Giant Who Survived A Rare Brain Tumour
Another Khali In The Making? Meet The Gentle Gigant Who Survived A Rare Brain Tumour.
They call him the gentle giant – sixteen-year-old Mohan Singh is quite a celebrity in his native town of Pithoragarh, Uttrakhand. With a height of 7 feet 4 inches and a weight of 113 kilos, Mohan is usually the center of attention. In fact, people lined up to get a selfie with him in Meerut when he was in the city to get shoes customized to fit him from a local factory.
Now, if all that makes it sound like Mohan’s height is his blessing, let us explain the situation a bit more. Mohan had a rare tumour in his brain. The pituitary gland in the brain is normally pea size, but in Mohan’s case, it had grown due to the tumour. As a result, the growth hormone that the pituitary is supposed to produce was also in abundance.
This led to a situation called gigantism. Mohan grew, and in turn outgrew his clothes, his shoes, and even his bed. All of these problems could be dealt with, but then five months ago, the headaches began- incessant and severe.
An MRI scan revealed the tumour and that’s when Mohan was brought to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences ( AIIMS) for surgery.
DIAGNOSIS AND SURGERY
The tumour was large and the growth hormone levels were high. The two-hour-long surgery was performed by Dr. P Sarat Chandra, professor of neurosurgery at AIIMS and the tumour was removed completely via endoscopy. A specially designed retractor was used to remove the brain tumour through the nose.
The surgery has been a success. The growth hormone levels have come down to normal. Doctors say that Mohan’s headaches will be gone, his weight will come down, but his height will remain the same.
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GIGANTISM AND ACROMEGALY
Growth Hormone-secreting tumour is non-genetic and quite uncommon. If the tumour develops in adolescence then it leads to a growth in height. The condition is called Gigantism. According to Dr. Sarat, such patients are very weak and also suffer from cardiac, endocrine and bone complications.
However, if the Growth Hormone-secreting tumour develops during adulthood, then instead of growing tall, patients will suffer from abnormal growth of the bones. This condition is called Acromegaly. The bones of hands, feet, face increase in size, enlarged nose, ticked lips, etc may be the signs of acromegaly.
Other Cases of Gigantism
Mohan will have to live with his height of 7 feet and above. But he is not the only one. WWE star ‘The Great Khali’ is said to have undergone surgery to remove a benign pituitary tumour.
Indian Journal of Endocrinology & metabolism lists another case of a 25-year-old woman who presented similar symptoms since she was 14 years of age. Just like Mohan, she reported frontal headache and low back pain. She, however, refused surgery.
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Source: Onlymyhealth editorial team Jul 05, 2019
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