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World's tallest man reaches peak thanks to UVa treatment

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - Thanks to treatment by researchers at the University of Virginia Medical Center, the world's tallest man may have reached his peak.

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Measuring at 8-feet-3 inches, 29-year-old Sultan Kosen of Turkey is listed in the 2011 Guinness World Records at the tallest living man.

Kosen visited U.Va. in May 2010 for treatment for a disorder called acromegaly, which is usually caused by a tumor in the pituitary gland.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that Kosen was placed on a new medication that could potentially help control the production of growth hormone and stop his continued growth. According to U.Va. officials, doctors in Turkey say Kosen has stopped growing.

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