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Does acromegaly run in families?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

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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