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How common is acromegaly?

Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Medicine

Scientists estimate that three to four out of every million people develop acromegaly each year and about 60 out of every million people suffer from the disease at any time. Because the clinical diagnosis of acromegaly is often missed, these numbers probably underestimate the frequency of the disease.

This answer is based on source information from the National Endocrine and Metabolic Diseases   Information Service.

Acromegaly is not very common. It is a rare condition that affects about 60 in every million people. However, because acromegaly symptoms develop slowly over many years, they can be difficult to notice so more people may have the condition than these numbers suggest. In fact, many doctors may not immediately recognize symptoms of the disease because it is so rare.

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