Understanding Acromegaly

Acromegaly is not always easy to recognize. While many symptoms seem to affect the way you look, others are the result of more subtle changes happening inside the body. Some of these changes can have serious health consequences if not recognized and controlled. Fortunately, acromegaly is a treatable condition, but is lifelong and requires that you make a commitment to seek ongoing care.

There are several ways to successfully manage acromegaly—including transsphenoidal surgery, medical therapy, and radiation therapy (radiotherapy). You and your healthcare provider should work together to determine a treatment plan that's best for you.

This section provides basic information you need to begin understanding acromegaly, by addressing the following questions:

What Causes Acromegaly?

What Are the Symptoms of Acromegaly?

How Is Acromegaly Diagnosed?

What Is Acromegaly?

Acromegaly is a rare, hormonal disease. The term "acromegaly" comes from the Greek words "akros" (extremities) and "megas" (enlargement).

As the name suggests, acromegaly commonly causes abnormal growth of the hands and feet. It can also cause enlarged facial features.

Acromegaly can cause other symptoms too. It can also change the way your body functions. Control of your condition can help prevent complications caused by acromegaly.

Understanding Acromegaly

Acromegaly Is Not Gigantism

Although acromegaly and gigantism are both caused by overproduction of growth hormone (GH), they are 2 different conditions.

Understanding Acromegaly

Learn about the causes of acromegaly