Acromegaly is a condition in adults in which the body produces too much growth hormone. This overproduction causes the gradual deformation of bones and an enlargement of tissues, such as in the heart and larynx. People who have this condition commonly experience heart failure, vision problems, and weakness.
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Pituitary tumors are growths in the pituitary gland. When a pituitary gland does not function correctly, it is usually because of a benign, or non-cancerous, tumor of the gland. This is also called an adenoma.
The pituitary gland is a pea-size gland located behind your eyes and often considered the "master endocrine gland." It regulates most of your body's hormones. In particular, it controls the function of the adrenal glands, the thyroid, and the ovaries or testes.
Acromegaly is a hormonal disorder wherein a pituitary tumor causes the gland to produce too much growth hormone, GH. This is a serious disorder that requires treatment by your doctor.
Acromegaly is a hormonal disorder in which the pituitary gland produces too much growth hormone. This disorder causes abnormal enlargement of bones and tissues, noticeably in the hands and feet, which occurs gradually over several years.
Enlarged bones in the nose and mouth may cause a large tongue and widely spaced teeth and may lead to sleep apnea. Bone and cartilage growth may lead to arthritis. People with acromegaly can also develop diabetes, high blood pressure, and other problems.
The excess production of growth hormone usually is caused by a tumor of the pituitary gland. Acromegaly is usually treated with medicine, surgery, or radiation treatment to the tumor.
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Donna Hill Howes, RN, Administrator, answeredAcromegaly is a condition in which the pituitary gland makes too much growth hormone after normal growth of the skeleton is finished. This causes the bones of the hands, feet, head, and face to grow larger than normal. Acromegaly can be caused by a pituitary gland tumor.
This answer is based on source information from The National Cancer Institute.
Tumors that produce excess growth hormone cause the condition known as acromegaly. Physical changes caused by this tumor occur gradually: enlarging of the hands and feet, broadening of the brow and nose, changes in the jaw/bite, sleep apnea, high blood pressure, diabetes mellitus (high blood sugar), oily skin, acne and excessive sweating. Acromegaly can also lead to cardiac abnormalities and a decreased life expectancy if it is not treated.