Acromegaly - Cause - Symptoms - Diagnosis - Treatment - Information
An overview of Acromegaly.
Acromegaly: Symptoms and Diagnosis
The symptoms and diagnosis of Acromegaly.
Acromegaly: Treatment Options
Information on the treatment options for Acromegaly.
The Endocrine Glands (Image)
Endocrine glands release hormones (chemical messengers) into the bloodstream to be transported to various organs and tissues throughout the body.
Frontal bossing is an unusually prominent forehead, sometimes associated with a heavier than normal brow ridge. Frontal bossing is seen only in a few rare syndromes. It is probably best recognized by the public in the disease acromegaly.
Frontal bossing (Image)
Frontal bossing is the descriptive term for a prominent forehead. Sometimes the brow (just above the eyes) is also heavier than normal as seen in acromegaly.
Prognathism - Extended chin
Prognathism is a protrusion of the jaw (mandible) due to misalignment of teeth caused by malformations of the shape of the bones of the face. Prognathism may cause malocclusion (misalignment of the biting surfaces of the upper and lower teeth), giving some people an angry or fighter's appearance. Prognathism may be a symptom of various syndromes or conditions.
Prognathism is a descriptive term for a lower jaw that protrudes forward beyond the plane of the face.
Acromegaly is a serious systemic condition caused in over 98% of cases by an adenoma (benign tumor) of the pituitary gland that secretes excessive growth hormone. Untreated acromegaly results in marked bony and soft tissue changes including an altered facial appearance (frontal bossing, prognathism), enlargement of the hands and feet, sleep apnea, and carpal tunnel syndrome, from Acromegaly.org.