What is Acromegaly?

Acromegaly is an hormonal disorder caused by growth hormone. Excessive growth of the skeleton is taken place especially at the protruding parts of the skeleton such as forehead, cheekbones, nose, chin, tongue, lips, elbows, knees, hands and toes, fingers and joints.

Causes of Acromegaly

Excessive excretion of the growth hormone is linked to a pituitary disorder caused by tumour of the pituitary gland.

Results of Acromegaly

The disease usually becomes noticeable if someone has to wear a larger hood, gloves, socks, shoes than usual and it leads to a disturbing physiognomy.

If acromegaly disorder begins before the completion of the period of growing tall, then, the height goes beyond normal but in this case the person will only becomes unusually taller, which is also called “gigantism”.

In some cases, the disorder may result in visual nerve impairment and blindness.

Furthermore, internal organs grow more.

Treatment of Acromegaly

The treatment is intended to stop the excessive secretion of growth hormone, either by trying to kill the tumour by X-rays or surgically removing it. Early diagnosis of the disorder is vital to heal it before too late, since it is only possible to stop the overgrowth but not to reverse it.


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