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Excess growth hormon: It is caused by a pituitary tumor that produces growth hormone. In children, it causes gigantism, but when it happens after growth has stopped, it causes acromegaly. There can be enlargement if the jaw and forehead. It can cause high blood pressure, joint pain, skin tags, excess sweating, a goiter. It increases the risk of certain cancers. It is generally treated with surgery. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Was always tall but now almost 40 & am growing taller. What's wrong? No acromegaly symptoms other than height grow. Would Marfans been Dx by this age?
Acromegaly: Acromegaly causes overgrowth of many bones including the skull, face and limbs due to an excess of growth hormone, usually caused by a pituitary tumor. When the disease is properly treated (with surgery), there will be partial but not complete improvement in the peculiar appearance due to overgrown bones; there will be more marked improvement in the aches and pain of acromegaly. ...Read more
Check IGF-1: Hi. If we suspect acromegaly on clinical grounds, we check an IGF-1 (and I also get an IGFBP-3); I get a GH, but it's seldom helpful at the screening stage). If IGF-1 is elevated, then a growth hormone suppression test is done. If that's abnormal, we then do a pituitary MRI. Acromegaly tumors are usually big and easy to see. Good luck! ...Read more
Is it true that 30-somethings with acromegaly WON'T grow any taller @ this age? Is that true even for those with just mild symptoms of the disease?
It Depends: If you got acromegaly as an adult after growth stopped this is true. However, if not treated there can be serious side effects (hearing loss, chronic headaches, arthritis, type 2 DM & others). If it was acquired as a child & not treated this is correctly termed Pituitary Gigantism & can have same symptoms. In this case the growth plates may remain open & cont growth theoretic poss, but very rare! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Are there any other conditions besides acromegaly that would bring on several sudden growth spurts (sev inchs) of height in adults near & past age 40?
Growth: Well before age 40 epiphyses get closed and vertical growth is not possible by any means. ...Read more
Acromegaly: Acromegaly is abnormal soft tissue growth from excessive growth hormone production by a pituitary tumor. A change in glove or shoe size can be the earliest sign. Some people notice a change in the spacing of their teeth, perhaps requiring braces in adulthood. Others notice gradual change in appearance, with enlargement of the nose, ears, lips, face or tongue, overgrowth of the jaw or brow. ...Read more
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