12 year old over 7ft tall & still growing

#1
He's the only persons doctors know of to ever have this condition.

Chromosomes, you may remember, come in pairs. But in Brenden's case, his 12th chromosomes don't match. Somehow -- experts still don't know why -- the middle of one of them broke off, flipped around and re-attached, disrupting a critical gene that controls growth. And that's what experts believe is causing Brenden's excessive growth and other symptoms and what makes his case the only one of its kind
ABC News: Meet the Boy Too Big for His Mom's SUV
 

padd

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#2
To make life a little easier at home, Brenden's mom had a home built specifically to fit someone of Brenden's enormous proportions.
being 7 ft tall is not a handicap is it? so many basketball players and wrestlers are that height, do they have special homes and clothes?
 

The_Burger_King

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#4
being 7 ft tall is not a handicap is it? so many basketball players and wrestlers are that height, do they have special homes and clothes?
Being 7 foot tall isn't a handicap, but being 12 years old and 7 feet tall and still growing is. I am sure for now it is ok but it can't be healthy to never stop growing at some point I am sure this will end up killing him.
 

Major

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#5
I saw a documentary about this kind of thing a few months ago. I don't know if it's the exact same disease (must not be if this is the only known case), but it was similar in that the people will never stop growing. It was called acromegalic gigantism.
 

padd

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#6
Being 7 foot tall isn't a handicap, but being 12 years old and 7 feet tall and still growing is. I am sure for now it is ok but it can't be healthy to never stop growing at some point I am sure this will end up killing him.
I think they mentioned in the article his growing has slowed.. so it shouldn't be much of a problem.
 
#9
I think they mentioned in the article his growing has slowed.. so it shouldn't be much of a problem.
Yes, they found a way to slow the growth,

Then, Kletter had an idea that seemed a little crazy -- shots of testosterone to jump start puberty and speed up Brenden's growth. It's puberty, he explained, that signals the body to stop growing.

"We induced puberty," explained Kletter, "to fuse the bones and stop the growth."

And so far, the shots seem to be successful. Brenden's growth has slowed down
Who knows what the long term health affects will be though.