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Acromegaly Overview

What is acromegaly?
A person with acromegaly continues to produce growth hormone after normal growth has been completed. Growth hormone is produced in the pituitary gland. The most common cause for acromegaly includes a noncancerous tumor in the pituitary gland.

What are the symptoms of acromegaly?
The symptoms of acromegaly include a gradual enlargement of the body, including the hands, feet, skull, face, and jaw.

How does the doctor treat acromegaly?
Acromegaly is treated with medications that suppress growth hormone production as well as radiation therapy. Surgery may be an option in some patients.

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Last Updated: Feb 15, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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