Signs and Symptoms
In acromegaly, elevated growth hormone causes an abnormal increase in shoe and ring size, enlargement of the lower jaw bone and separation of teeth, and enlargement of the nose. These developments usually occur gradually and may not be noticed for years.
Other tissue in the body also can become enlarged, causing symptoms such as:
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Deepening of the voice
- Excessive sweating and changes in body odor
- Increased risk of colon polyps
- Joint pain and stiffness
- Sleep apnea and snoring due to obstruction of the airway
- Thickening of the heart muscles
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