A condition in which the makes too much after normal growth of the skeleton is finished. This causes the of the , feet, head, and face to grow larger than normal.
Acromegaly is a disorder that results from too much (GH) in the body. The , a small in the , makes GH. In acromegaly, the pituitary produces excessive amounts of GH. Usually the excess GH comes from , or noncancerous, on the pituitary. These are called .
Acromegaly is most often diagnosed in middle-aged adults, although symptoms can appear at any age. If not treated, acromegaly can result in serious illness and premature death. Acromegaly is treatable in most patients, but because of its slow and often “sneaky” onset, it often is not diagnosed early or correctly. The most serious health consequences of acromegaly are , , increased risk of cardiovascular disease, and . Patients with acromegaly are also at increased risk for , which may develop into if not removed….