Acromegaly

National Organization for Rare Disorders, Inc.

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Synonyms

  • Marie Disease

Disorder Subdivisions

  • None

General Discussion

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Acromegaly is a rare, slowly progressive chronic disorder that affects adults. Although it is most often diagnosed in middle aged adults, it is important to note that symptoms can appear at any age and if not treated can result in serious illness and premature death. The disorder is characterized by an excess of growth hormone. Symptoms include abnormal enlargement in bones of the arms, legs, and head. The bones in the jaws and in the front of the skull are typically the most affected. Acromegaly may also cause thickening of the soft tissues of the body, particularly the heart and accelerated growth leading to tall stature. In most cases, acromegaly is caused by the growth of a benign tumor (adenoma), affecting the pituitary gland.

Resources

Pituitary Network Association (PNA)
P.O. Box 1958
Thousand Oaks, CA 91358
USA
Tel: (805)499-9973
Fax: (805)480-0633
Email: pna@pituitary.org
Internet: http://www.pituitary.org, www.acromegaly.org

NIH/National Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases Information Clearinghouse
1 AMS Circle
Bethesda, MD 20892-3675
USA
Tel: (301)495-4484
Fax: (301)718-6366
Tel: (877)226-4267
TDD: (301)565-2966
Email: NIAMSinfo@mail.nih.gov
Internet: http://www.niams.nih.gov/Health_Info

Canadian Multiple Endocrine Neoplasm Society, Inc.
Box 100
Meota
Saskatchewan, SOM 1XO
Canada
Tel: 3068922080
Fax: 306-892-2587
Email: men.society@sasketel.net
Internet: http://www.mensociety.com

Genetic and Rare Diseases (GARD) Information Center
PO Box 8126
Gaithersburg, MD 20898-8126
Tel: (301)251-4925
Fax: (301)251-4911
Tel: (888)205-2311
TDD: (888)205-3223
Email: ordr@od.nih.gov
Internet: http://rarediseases.info.nih.gov/Default.aspx

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