Wednesday, May 17, 2006

What is Pituitary Gland?

One cannot imagine how a tiny gland located at the base of our brains controls the entire growth of the body. The erratic functioning of the pituitary gland can result in abnormal growth. Sandy Allan, a young woman in the U.S.A grew to an abnormal height of 7 ft and 7 inches because of the excessive secretion of the gland. Excess secretion can also happen after full body maturity. In such cases, only the hands, head and feet overgrow. On the contrary, lack of secretion of the gland can result in stunted growth, as it happened in the case of a Dutch woman, Pauline Musters, who could grow to 23 inches only, even after full maturity.

Courtesy: Indian Express

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