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It is possible that the main title of the report Acromegaly is not the name you expected.

Disorder Subdivisions

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General Discussion

Acromegaly is a rare, slowly progressive, acquired disorder that affects adults. It occurs when the pituitary gland produces too much growth hormone (GH). The pituitary gland is a small gland located near the base of the skull that stores several hormones and releases them into the bloodstream as needed by the body. These hormones regulate many different bodily functions. In most cases, acromegaly is caused by the growth of a benign tumor (adenoma), affecting the pituitary gland. Symptoms of acromegaly include abnormal enlargement in bones of the hands, arms, feet, legs, and head. Enlargement of the bones in the jaws and in the front of the skull are typically the most apparent bony changes. Acromegaly may also cause thickening of the soft tissues of the body, including the heart, lips, and tongue. When the disease affects children prior to the end of puberty, excess growth hormone can lead to accelerated growth and tall stature, known as gigantism. If untreated, acromegaly can potentially cause serious illness and life-threatening complications.

Supporting Organizations

Acromegaly Community, Inc.

432 Amherst Street, 2nd Floor
Buffalo, NY 14207
Tel: (716)844-8780

Genetic and Rare Diseases (GARD) Information Center

PO Box 8126
Gaithersburg, MD 20898-8126
Tel: (301)251-4925
Fax: (301)251-4911
Tel: (888)205-2311

Hormone Health Network Endocrine Society

2055 L Street NW
Suite 600
Washington, DC 20036
Tel: (202)971-3636
Fax: (202)736-9705
Tel: (888)363-6274

NIH/National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive & Kidney Diseases

Office of Communications & Public Liaison
Bldg 31, Rm 9A06
Bethesda, MD 20892-2560
Tel: (301)496-3583

Pituitary Foundation

PO Box 1944
Bristol, BS99 2UB
United Kingdom
Tel: 8454500376
Fax: 1179330910
Tel: 8454500375

Pituitary Network Association

P.O. Box 1958
Thousand Oaks, CA 91358
Tel: (805)499-9973
Fax: (805)480-0633

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Last Updated:  7/22/2015
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