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What increases my risk for acromegaly?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Acromegaly is not a genetic condition. In most cases, it is the result of a pituitary gland tumor that causes the body to produce too much growth hormone, and unfortunately, there are no known ways of preventing it. Acromegaly typically occurs in adults ages 30-50. In adults, too much growth hormone leads to bone deformation because the growth plates are closed. When a tumor causes too much growth hormone in someone whose growth plates are open, as is the case with children, it causes gigantism.

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