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The Symptoms of Acromegaly

The symptoms of acromegaly can affect both physical appearance and general health. Changes that affect outward appearance can be subtle and happen over years. Some of the early signs and symptoms of acromegaly can easily be mistaken for aging or symptoms of other diseases; however, some of the later signs and symptoms of untreated acromegaly can make the disease much easier to recognize. Although the list of symptoms is long, it's possible that you'll experience only a few. However, the full range of potential symptoms is shown below so that you can understand the challenge involved in monitoring and managing this disease.




Possible Signs and Symptoms of Acromegaly


Symptoms caused by the tumor:
  • Headaches
  • Visual problems

Symptoms caused by GH oversecretion:
  • Hypertension (high blood pressure) or other heart-related problems
  • Diabetes
  • Sleep apnea
  • Excessive sweating
  • Joint pains
  • Enlargement of hands and feet
  • Swelling of soft tissue

Other signs and symptoms of acromegaly:
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Skin tags
  • Menstrual cycle disturbances/impotence
  • Goiter (enlargement of the thyroid gland)
  • Sinus congestion
  • Skin changes, including thickening, oiliness, acne
  • Coarsening of facial features, including forehead, nose, lips, tongue, jaw

It is important to always keep your healthcare team informed if you experience any of these symptoms, as earlier diagnosis may reduce the risk of more serious health issues over the long term.


Before Acromegaly After Acromegaly

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Look at these acromegaly pictures and view a time lapsed simulation of the characteristic changes in appearance associated with acromegaly. These acromegaly images may help you understand the gradual and progressive nature of the
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