Acromegaly - Definition

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Definition


Acromegaly a disease generated by a hormonal dysfunction with excessive secretion of the growth hormone known as GH. It is visually evident by its morphological abnormalities including an abnormal growth of the hands and feet, deformity of the face with thick lips and nose, a prominent chin, large tongue, and also thick skin. The curve of the spine is exaggerated and organs are also increased in size. Often added to this is hypertension, sometimes diabetes, and cardiovascular disorders. Acromegaly is caused by a benign tumor of the pituitary gland called adenoma that secretes too much growth hormone. It is suspected in childhood and is confirmed by different tests. The removal of the pituitary adenoma can stop hypersecretion; drug treatments are also sometimes used.

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Published by Jeff. Latest update on November 26, 2013 at 12:52 PM by Jeff.
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