Case Study Essay
Department of Biological Sciences
Western Illinois University
Part I—At Fifteen...
He was, his mother always said, the cutest little boy ever, and she had always adored him. So strong, so sturdy, conﬁdently charging through life. At , he joined a Little League baseball team, and made the AllStar team in his ﬁrst year. It wasn’t until quite some time later that she realized something was very wrong.
Looking back, probably the ﬁrst symptom appeared when he was .
Promoted up to the next division in Little League, he mostly sat on the bench. His coordination was not as good, and he seemed to have lost his hustle. Of course, it was probably just …show more content…
. Why would joint damage be associated with rapid growth and low testosterone levels?
“Chemical Eric” by Eric Ribbens
Part II—At Twenty-Five...
It was, Dr. Kidd thought, a most unusual case. The symptoms all indicated that a benign pituitary tumor had put pressure on the pituitary and disrupted its functions. It was an unusual condition, and this was the ﬁrst case he had ever seen. The boy had been referred to a hospital in Madison, Wisconsin, where they used irradiation (triangulating from the left, the right, and the front) to kill the pituitary and any tumor associated with it. They also had to do a cartilage operation on his knee and put metal pins in both hips to hold the ball and socket jointing together.
The good news was that everything seemed to be working. The patient was '" now and had put on muscle, so he now weighed over lbs. x-rays of the skull showed that the bone saddle the pituitary rested in, which had been pitted, was now healing over, which indicated that the tumor was no longer putting pressure on the bone and therefore had probably been destroyed. His hormone levels had stabilized. Of course, he would need replacement hormones for the rest of his life, especially cortisone, thyroid, and testosterone, and they had used a growth hormone suppressant for a year, but overall Dr. Kidd was happy with his progress.
All of which led to Dr. Kidd’s present