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Sevastopol
10-31-2005, 10:46 AM
I've heard of one or two cases of adults in their 30's growing slightly taller.

Is this rare and why might it occur.

Certainly a number of online advertisements claim it can be stimulated by Human Growth Hormone, which I doubt.

But in any case I'm mostly interested in how it might happen spontaneously.

picunurse
10-31-2005, 12:24 PM
I have reservations. Other than cases pituitary abnormalities, normal growth stops when the epiphyseal long bone ends calcify at the end of puberty. This happens a bit later in boys than girls, but growth beyond the early 20s is rare at best.
The pituitary makes human growth hormone during the growth period, decreasing at the end of puberty.
Pituitary giantism occurs when, because of injury, tumor or other disruption, HGH is produced in abnormally large amounts, and continues beyond puberty. If the pituitary is injured or develops a tumor after the epiphyses close, the HGH production manifests as [url=http://www.umm.edu/endocrin/acromegaly.htmAcromegaly[/url]. Instead of the long bones lengthening, the flat bones, like the skull and hands begin to grow.
If you have a cite, I'd sure be interested.

picunurse
10-31-2005, 12:26 PM
I have reservations. Other than cases pituitary abnormalities, normal growth stops when the epiphyseal long bone ends calcify at the end of puberty. This happens a bit later in boys than girls, but growth beyond the early 20s is rare at best.
The pituitary makes human growth hormone during the growth period, decreasing at the end of puberty.
Pituitary giantism occurs when, because of injury, tumor or other disruption, HGH is produced in abnormally large amounts, and continues beyond puberty. If the pituitary is injured or develops a tumor after the epiphyses close, the HGH production manifests as Acromegaly (http://www.umm.edu/endocrin/acromegaly.htm). Instead of the long bones lengthening, the flat bones, like the skull and hands begin to grow.
If you have a cite, I'd sure be interested.
oops that would be Acromegaly (http://www.umm.edu/endocrin/acromegaly.htm)

Sevastopol
10-31-2005, 05:45 PM
I have reservations.
...
If you have a cite, I'd sure be interested.

There's a case of public figure, Shaun Micallef, but I cannot find a cite for it. I myself have grown about an inch/2.54cms taller in the past 5 years or so, 6" to ~ 6" 1' / 183 to 185 cms.

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