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World's tallest man stopped growing

2012-03-14 10:40

New York - Sultan Kosen of Turkey, the world's tallest man at 2.47m, has stopped growing after undergoing treatment to regulate his growth hormones at the University of Virginia, media reports said on Tuesday.

Kosen has a condition called acromegaly, or abnormal body growth. The problem was caused by a tumour in the pituitary gland, according to the Charlottesville, Va-based Newsplex.com, which quoted Mary Lee Vance, an endocrinologist at the Virginia Medical Centre, as saying.

Kosen was named as world's tallest man in the 2012 Guinness World Records.

Kosen was placed on a new medication regime after radio surgery in May 2010 that focused on his pituitary tumour in order to control the production of the growth hormone, news reports said.