What is Acromegaly?
(Symptoms, Causes & Treatment)
According to The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, acromegaly is a hormonal disorder condition which is caused by too much growth hormone (GH) in the body. The pituitary is a small gland in the brain which makes growth hormones. In acromegaly, the pituitary produces excessive amounts of GH. Usually the excess GH comes from benign, or noncancerous, tumors on the pituitary. These benign tumors are called adenomas.
Swelling of the hands and feet is often an early feature of acromegaly, with patients noticing a change in ring or shoe size, particularly shoe width. Gradually, bone changes alter the patient’s facial features: The brow and lower jaw protrude, the nasal bone enlarges, and the teeth space out.
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Latest Acromegaly Treatment News and Research
Unusual conditions: what are gigantism and acromegaly?
(THE CONVERSATION) – Gigantism is embedded in the folklore of many civilisations – think of the giant Goliath who fought with the legendary King David in the Bible, for instance.
But it’s not all the stuff of legends. Present-day famous “giants” include André René Roussimoff, known as Andre the Giant (224cm), and Richard Kiel (218cm), otherwise known as Jaws in two James Bond movies. Read more…
New Instrument Measuring Treatment Satisfaction May Benefit Patients With Acromegaly
(Endocrinology Advisor) – Most patients with acromegaly experience symptoms and significant side effects not only from their condition but also treatment. Now, researchers have developed Acro-TSQ, a new 29-item questionnaire designed to measure treatment-related burden or satisfaction.
Researchers presented data at the AACE 25th Annual Scientific & Clinical Congress showing that this instrument appears to be beneficial. It is currently being validated in an ongoing study with 79 patients. Read more…
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