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Acromegaly FAQs (cont.)

What are other symptoms of acromegaly?

Many of the symptoms result from the enlargement of tissues caused by excess growth hormone and IGF-1 in the blood.

  • Arthritis, back pain, and curvature of the spine (kyphosis) - Due to enlargement of bones and cartilage in joints

  • Swelling of the face, lips, and tongue

  • Breathing problems during sleep - Due to narrowing of the airway resulting from swelling

  • Tiredness during the day - Due to poor sleep

  • Thickening of the skin

  • Oily skin or acne

  • Increased sweating

  • Tingling or numbness in the fingers or toes - Due to entrapment of nerves by enlarging muscles  

  • Change in bite or chewing, or spreading out of teeth - Due to enlargement of jaw and other facial bones

  • Large numbers of skin tags

  • Vision loss, partial or complete

  • Headaches

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Acromegaly FAQs - Diagnosis

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Increased and unregulated growth hormone (GH) production, usually caused by a GH-secreting pituitary tumor (somatotroph tumor), characterizes acromegaly.

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