Acromegaly

Acromegaly is a 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 of your hands, feet, and face. Acromegaly usually affects middle-aged adults.

If left untreated, acromegaly can lead to worsening diabetes mellitus and hypertension.
  • Symptoms
  • Enlarged facial features

    common

    Enlarged hands and feet

    common

    Decreased sexual desire

    common

    Snoring

    common

    Headache

    common

    Irregular periods

    common

    High blood pressure disease

    • Resistant

    or High blood pressure

    common

    Excessive sweating

    common

    Breathing stops involuntarily during sleep

    common

    Enlarged tongue without inflammation or swelling

    common

    Difficulty moving shoulder

    or Difficulty moving hip

    or Joint stiffness

    • Difficulty moving wrist, Difficulty moving elbow, Limited ankle movement, Difficulty moving knee

    Fatigue

    Joint pain

    Blurred vision

  • Risk factors
  • Treatment
  • The goal of treatment is to restore the pituitary gland to normal function, producing normal levels of growth hormone. Treatment may include removal of the tumor, radiation therapy, and injection of growth hormone-blocking drugs.
  • Recommended specialist
  • If you have Acromegaly, then a visit to an endocrinologist is highly recommended.

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