Hutchinson, Richard G.; Bennett, Kenneth R.
March 1973
Angiology;Mar1973, Vol. 24 Issue 3, p191
Academic Journal
An eighty-eight year old man with partial gigantism and heart block has been presented. Partial gigantism represents a rare and unfortunate disorder, the etiology of which remains obscure. In this condition, there is disproportionate enlargement of a portion of the body such as a digit, an arm or a leg. All patients with hemihypertrophy, whether partial or complete, should be observed for associated abnormalities including a variety of neoplasms. Also, potentially remediable etiologic factors including arteriovenous fistulae and lymphedema should be searched for. While many of these patients tend to develop an attitude of low personal esteem, this may often be averted by the cooperative efforts of the physician and the patient's family. Furthermore, appropriate orthopedic surgery may improve the function and cosmetic appearance of the involved body parts.


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