Acromegaly is a hormonal disorder that results when the pituitary gland produces excess growth hormone (GH). It most commonly affects middle-aged adults and can result in serious illness and premature death. Once recognized, acromegaly is treatable in most patients, but because of its slow and often insidious onset, it frequently is not diagnosed correctly.


... Acromegaly is a chronic metabolic disorder in which there is too much growth hormone and the body tissues gradually enlarge. ...
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Acromegaly (from Greek akros "high" and megas "large" - extremities enlarge ...
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Acromegaly Symptoms

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Signs and symptoms
... One of the most common signs of acromegaly is enlarged hands and feet. People with this disorder often notice that they can no longer put on rings that used to fit, and that their shoe size has progre...
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... The pituitary, a small gland located at the base of your brain behind the bridge of your nose, produces a number of hormones. One hormone, called growth hormone (GH), plays an important role in managi...
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Acromegaly Treatment

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... Progression of acromegaly can result in major health problems. Complications may include: High blood pressure (hypertension) Cardiovascular disease Arthritis Diabetes mellitus Precancerous growths (po...
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... Treatment involves lowering your production of GH, as well as reducing the negative effects of the tumor on the pituitary and surrounding tissues. You may need more than one type of treatment: Surgery...
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Acromegaly Other

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... Acromegaly is an uncommon hormonal disorder that develops when your pituitary gland produces too much growth hormone during adulthood. When this happens, your bones increase in size, including those o...
Source: MayoClinic