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Acromegaly (ak-roh-MEG-uh-lee) is a rare hormonal disorder that develops when your pituitary gland produces too much growth hormone, nearly always as a result of a noncancerous (benign) tumor. The excess hormone causes swelling, skin thickening, tissue growth and bone enlargement, especially in your face, hands and feet.
Acromegaly occurs in adulthood, usually during middle age. In children who are still growing, too much growth hormone can cause a condition called gigantism that leads to an abnormal increase in height as well as excess bone growth.
Because acromegaly is uncommon and physical changes occur gradually, it often isn't recognized right away. Although untreated acromegaly can lead to serious illness and premature death, available treatments can reduce your risk of complications and significantly improve your symptoms.
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