'Giant' woman treated by doctors


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Giant Tanya Angus suffers from a rare disorder which caused her to grow to huge proportions, but now doctors have found a cure for her life-threatening problem.

Tanya, 31, has acromeglia, a rare form of gigantism, which causes the body to overproduce growth hormone.

Sufferers are very tall, but in Tanya's case, her entire frame has grown in proportion, leading to her putting on 24 stone, while her shoe size has doubled from a standard UK size 6, to a UK14.

She has also grown more than a foot, and now towers over everyone else at 6ft 8ins.

Worried, her family took her to the doctor who immediately diagnosed her with gigantism and referred her to a specialist.

'When he told me I had acromeglia I felt like the floor had been taken out from under me,' Tanya said. 'He explained I would keep growing and that I needed more tests.

She had a count of 3,000 of the hormones, compared to an average person's of just 250.

Doctors were anxious to bring the level down to less than 1,000, but they were barely able to do that. Her height had crept up to 6ft 3ins, and she was now a size 20.

They told Tanya if they couldn't find a way to stop her from growing, the pressure on her organs would be too great, and she would die.

But happily for her, they've discovered a way of stopping her getting any bigger, with a new combination of drugs that has reduced her growth hormones back to a normal adult level.

For the first time in years, Tanya's growth hormone levels are back down to 500 - the lowest they've been in 13 years.

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Elliot B.

Unfortunately, I feel a lot of the physical damage has already been done.

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Hum

Wonder how much she eats :blink:

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Andrew Lyle
and now towers over everyone else at 6ft 8ins.

They call THAT gigantism? I'm 6'9... :(

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Colin-uk

my headteacher was at least 8ft lol.

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Hum

my headteacher was at least 8ft lol.

What -- you were taught by Bigfoot ... ? :blink:

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Growled

my headteacher was at least 8ft lol.

You were really frightened of him, weren't you? :p

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