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Does acromegaly run in families?

For the most part, acromegaly does not run in families. Over 95 percent of acromegaly cases are the result of benign tumors on the pituitary gland. Somehow, a pituitary cell mutates, causing it to divide and form a tumor. However, some people may be genetically predisposed to developing pituitary tumors.

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Is acromegaly life threatening?
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How common is acromegaly?
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What is acromegaly?
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What is the rate of incidence for acromegaly?
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