Saturday, February 16, 2008

Man's life saved by handshake

A handshake was all it took for a doctor to make the astounding diagnosis that would change Mark Gurrieri's life. Mr Gurrieri, 36, was working at a restaurant when a friend there for lunch introduced him to his dining partner, 46-year-old Woodford Green GP Chris Britt.
The men shook hands, and Dr Britt immediately noticed Mr Gurrieri's huge, spongy-feeling hand, and his large facial features. The chance meeting was enough for Dr Britt to realise Mr Gurrieri had acromegaly, the condition responsible for giantism when it occurs in children.
The condition, which causes an excess of growth hormone, is seen in just three people per million, and can have serious effects if left undiagnosed.
Diagnosis By Hand Shake.
A doctor shook a man's hand and detected a rare form of brain tumor which saved his life.

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