Acromegaly

Overview

What is acromegaly?

Acromegaly is caused when the pituitary gland in the brain produces too much growth hormone (GH). This causes the hands, feet and sometimes other parts of the body grow larger than what they should. It often causes them to look out of proportion compared to the rest of the body. Acromegaly is a serious condition that needs to be diagnosed by a doctor and treated to prevent further health problems. It can be seen by itself or as symptom/part of other conditions as well.

SOURCE: Emory University - Department of Human Genetics in collaboration with ThinkGenetic • https://www.thinkgenetic.com/diseases/acromegaly/overview/59594 • DATE UPDATED: 2016-10-16

References

Cook, D., P. Freda, P. Trainer. (2012). "Fact Sheet: What is Acromegaly?" Hormone Health Network. http://www.hormone.org/questions-and-answers/2012/acromegaly[/link]

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