Acromegaly–A Complex Disease That May Require Long-Term Treatment

Acromegaly is a rare disease that occurs when too much growth hormone is released into the bloodstream. The cause of this condition is usually a noncancerous tumor in the pituitary gland called a pituitary adenoma. Acromegaly can be difficult to diagnose because of its slow progression and varied symptoms, which often include abnormal growth of bone, cartilage, and other body tissues. Although acromegaly cannot always be cured, it can often be managed with proper treatment.