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
Hasnain M Khandwala, MD, FRCPC
Arthur B Chausmer, MD, PhD, FACP, FACE, FACN, CNS
Francisco Talavera, PharmD, PhD
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