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What increases my risk for acromegaly?

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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What is acromegaly?
Joshua B. Bederson, MDJoshua B. Bederson, MD
Tumors that produce excess growth hormone cause the condition known as acromegaly. Physical changes ...
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Is acromegaly life threatening?
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How common is acromegaly?
Donna Hill Howes, RNDonna Hill Howes, RN
Scientists estimate that three to four out of every million people develop acromegaly each year ...
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What is the rate of incidence for acromegaly?
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Acromegaly is a rare disease. Every year, about three or four people in every million develop acrome...
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