Mark Gurrieri was diagnosed with a brain tumour after shaking a doctor’s hand. BBC News has an interesting piece on the incident, where the doctor noticed that Gurrieri’s hand was spongy and swollen, suggesting a growth hormone problem that can be caused by a tumour on the brain’s pituitary gland.
Mr Gurrieri underwent tests and was found to have acromegaly – caused by a tumour in the pituitary gland which leads to excess growth hormone.
The condition is seen in just three people per million, and can have serious effects if left undiagnosed.
It causes problems with vision and can lead to diabetes and blood pressure problems.
If untreated acromegaly can also cause premature death.
Mr Gurrieri thought his hands were getting bigger because of too much DIY and working in his restaurant kitchen.
Link to BBC News article ‘Handshake diagnosed brain tumour’.