Acromegaly occurs when a pituitary tumour makes too much growth hormone.
Growth hormone is normally required for growth during childhood. After puberty, too much growth hormone cannot make a person taller but it does result in enlargement of the soft tissues of the body and causes a number of other medical problems which can result in ill health if left untreated.
You may have noticed any of the following problems which may have developed over many years:
Acromegaly is usually treated first by surgery which lowers growth hormone levels very substantially in 70-80 % of cases and improves symptoms in rather more than this. For more information download the leaflet below. (1)