Thanks to the fact that Adam attempted to join the army when he was 18 to participate in WWI, we know that at that age Rainer had reached a height of just 4 feet 6. Both times he was considered too short and also too weak to be able to join the military. For reference, the cutoff for someone being classified as a dwarf is usually considered to be an adult height of less than 4 feet 10 inches 1.
While he was short, according to the medical report, he actually had exceptionally large feet for his height, with his shoes measuring in at a European size of 43 at the age of 18, which is about a size 10 in U. According to Rainier by the time he hit 21, while still barely classified as a dwarf in height, his shoe size had gone up to a European size 53, which would be about a size 20 in the U. Although his feet were continuing to grow at a remarkable pace, Rainer himself was staying at more or less the same height.
For a reason unknown at the time, Adam started growing again… rapidly. What must have initially seemed a blessing to the short Rainer, soon turned into a curse. From his 21st birthday to his 32nd, Rainer grew from just under 4 feet 10 inches tall to 7 feet 2 inches tall 1. It should also be noted that his height would have been greater than this, except by his 26th birthday he started developing a severe spinal curve, which continued to progress as he grew.
This, and later difficulty in eating, had the negative side effect of leaving Rainer bed ridden for the majority of the latter half of his life. His hearing also started to go and he became deaf in his left ear. So what caused this extreme shift in height? After a medical exam done by Doctors F. Windholz and A. Mandl, they discovered a tumor on his pituitary gland, which not only explained his rapid growth but his partial blindness as well. As far as the growth is concerned, this tumor resulted in a condition known as acromegaly, where the pituitary gland produces excessive amounts of growth hormone during adulthood.
His vision loss was due to the compression of his optic chiasm, which is where the right and left eye nerves cross near the pituitary gland. To try to fix the problem, in doctors removed the tumor, but he still continued to grow, albeit at a much slower rate that seemed even slower than it was because of his spinal curvature continuing to increase.
For instance, from December to May of , his standing height stayed the same, but his spinal curvature increased. I still doesnt uderstand how adult coould grow…what about his epiphyseal cartilage? It schould disappear. Height does NOT determine dwarfism. This is bogus information. But it is generally defined by height. So, could scientists figure out a way to trigger the pituitary gland temporarily?
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