Acromegaly is a condition of excess growth hormone in adults. Growth hormone (GH) is secreted by the pituitary. In most cases of acromegaly, the overproduction of GH is caused by a benign tumor of the pituitary gland, and treatment most commonly consists of pituitary surgery.
Acromegaly occurs only in adulthood. (In children, excess GH may cause gigantism.) After the growth of childhood is complete, elevated GH levels do not make an individual grow any taller. Instead, the hormone causes overproduction of bone and cartilage, leading to the characteristic symptoms of acromegaly described below.
At the Department of Neurosurgery, our Pituitary Tumor Center helps patients with acromegaly and other pituitary disorders. Our team of nationally and internationally recognized experts includes neurosurgeons, neuroendocrinologists, a radiation oncologist and a radiologist. Our coordinated approach to pituitary tumor management is unique in the New York metropolitan area. Learn more about the Pituitary Tumor Center, including our current research and clinical trials, here.
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