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Acromegaly


Acromegaly is a rare but serious condition caused by too much growth hormone (GH) in the blood. GH is released into the bloodstream by the pituitary gland, located at the base of the brain. The blood carries GH to other parts of the body where it has specific effects. In children, GH stimulates growth and development. In adults, GH affects energy levels, muscle strength, bone health, and a sense of well-being.

Too much GH in children is called gigantism and is extremely rare. Acromegaly in adults occurs mainly in middle-aged men and women. Each year, about three new cases of acromegaly occur for every million people.

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Resource:
The Hormone Foundation

Dr. Lysette Iglesias M.D.

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