Acromegaly

Acromegaly

Dr. KennedyAcromegaly is a condition caused by the production of too much growth hormone by the pituitary gland after the end of adolescence. It manifests as thickening of the skin, soft tissues, and bones of the hands and feet. These effects are insidious and slowly progressive. Ultimately they cause considerable disability (aside from the need for larger rings, gloves, and shoes) including hoarseness, sleep apnea, joint pain, cardiovascular disease, hypertension, insulin resistance, visual impairment and severe headaches. Excessive growth hormone secretion may be caused by a tumor of the pituitary or may occur in the absence of tumor. Treatment is usually possible via medication or surgery. Inadequate treatment of acromegaly is associated with increases in deaths from cardiovascular causes, cancer, and other causes. One famous person with acromegaly (and mild gigantism which is the preadult manifestation of excess growth hormone) is Tony Robbins (the motivation guru, not the actor). Click here for an image:

Tony Robbins.

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