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What is acromegaly?

Tumors that produce excess growth hormone cause the condition known as acromegaly. Physical changes caused by this tumor occur gradually: enlarging of the hands and feet, broadening of the brow and nose, changes in the jaw/bite, sleep apnea, high blood pressure, diabetes mellitus (high blood sugar), oily skin, acne and excessive sweating. Acromegaly can also lead to cardiac abnormalities and a decreased life expectancy if it is not treated.
Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Medicine
Acromegaly is a condition in which the pituitary gland makes too much growth hormone after normal growth of the skeleton is finished. This causes the bones of the hands, feet, head, and face to grow larger than normal. Acromegaly can be caused by a pituitary gland tumor.

This answer is based on source information from The National Cancer Institute.

Acromegaly is a condition in adults in which the body produces too much growth hormone. This overproduction causes the gradual deformation of bones and an enlargement of tissues, such as in the heart and larynx. People who have this condition commonly experience heart failure, vision problems, and weakness.

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