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Guide to Diabetes

What Is Acromegaly?

 

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.

 

Symptoms

 

You may have noticed any of the following problems which may have developed over many years:
 

  • Hands and feet growing larger: rings may be too tight and shoe size increased.
  • Change in the appearance of the face, with coarsening of the features, prominent lower jaw and brow and large tongue
  • Headaches, often severe and unexplained
  • Excessive sweating for no apparent reason
  • Problems with high blood pressure, diabetes and arthritis
  • Any of the symptoms described earlier.


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)


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Acromegaly Information

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