Acromegaly

Shaiyana B. & Eloisa S. HS2 12.4.14

What is it?

Pituitary produces excessive GH (growth hormone)

Symptoms

  • Excessive height & sweating
  • Joint pain
  • Thickening of skin (skin tags)
  • Widely spaced teeth
  • Widened finger, toes, swelling, redness, and pain
  • Decreased muscle strength
  • Large bones of face, feet, hands, & enlarged organs
  • Type 2 Diabetes
  • Hirsutism
  • Weight gain

Treatment

Surgery

Radiation (Conventional Radiation therapy, stereotactic radiosurgery)

Medication (after surgery) such as…


  • Somatostatin analogues
  • Dopamine agonists
  • Growth hormone antagonist

Complications

  • Hypertension
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Diabetes mellitus
  • Sleep apnea
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Uterine fibroids
  • Spinal cord compression

Citations

"Acromegaly." Definition. N.p., n.d. Web. 04 Dec. 2014.

"Acromegaly: MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia." U.S National Library of Medicine. U.S. National Library of Medicine, n.d. Web. 04 Dec. 2014.

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