Acromegaly is an infrequently diagnosed but treatable hormonal or endocrine disorder that is due to having too much growth hormone in the body.
The name Acromegaly comes from the Greek words:
‘ákros’, meaning tip or extremities and‘megaly’ meaning large or great.
So acromegaly literally means ‘large extremities’.
Acromegaly and gigantism are both rare conditions caused by too much growth hormone in the body.
Acromegaly is usually diagnosed in adults but can affect people of any age. When it develops in children and adolescents, it is known as “gigantism”.
Gigantism occurs when excess growth hormone begins before the end of puberty when long bones are still growing. This makes children affected grow very tall, very quickly.
Find out how acromegaly is diagnosed and the tests that healthcare professionals may use to assess acromegaly symptomsDiagnosis & Testing
Read about acromegaly treatment options, including surgery, medications and radiotherapy, and the goals of therapyTreating acromegaly
Read and hear answers to some common questions that patients with acromegaly have askedView FAQs