How does acromegaly affect the body?

Acromegaly causes a number of physical changes over time. Since growth hormone is responsible for organ, bone, and muscle development, overproduction leads to an abnormal growth of these tissues. People with acromegaly may have swelling in the hands and feet and develop a harsh facial appearance as the jawbone protrudes, the tongue enlarges, and the chest rounds. The heart grows, which impairs its function, and other tissue growth constricts the nerves, causing weakness, vision impairment, and headaches. In many cases, bone deformation causes joint pain, which can lead to severe arthritis.

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Commonly referred to as gigantism in children, acromegaly is a rare disorder that causes the body to produce too much growth hormone. Six out of every 100,000 adults suffer from this disorder. Abnormal growth in the legs, chest, a...

rms and head are symptoms of the acromegaly. Gradual changes may occur in the face and cause protrusion of the lower jaw and brows, widen the nose and cause spacing in the teeth. These changes are slow and may not be obvious until years later. In some cases, people with acromegaly were able to detect the disorder by comparing the changes to old photographs. Early diagnosis is imperative to treating acromegaly. Surgery of the pituitary gland and radiation options for treating the disorder. If you suspect you have symptoms of acromegaly, contact your family doctor for a medical evaluation.

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