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How does acromegaly affect children differently than adults?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Acromegaly is an adult-specific disease. When children produce too much growth hormone in their bodies, it causes gigantism instead of acromegaly. The reason that the disease affects the age groups differently comes down to bones. Since children's bones are still growing, high levels of growth hormone causes their bones to grow excessively. However, because adults are no longer growing, too much growth hormone in the body causes bone deformity.

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