Student Name: Emily McBride Date: March 23, 2020 Title of pathophysiology: Acromegaly Definition Hormonal disorder that develops as growth hormone is produced abundantly from the pituitary gland. Causes The pituitary gland does not regulate how much growth hormone it is secreting, causing increased size for a patient’s bones. Most noticeable due to the hands, feet and face. S/S This typically affects the middle-aged adult; however, it can affect children and it is called Giantism. Commons signs for increased growth hormones are enlarged hands and feet, thickened skin, enlarged tongue, painful or limited joint mobility, enlarged organs, and enlarged facial features. Headaches are also common. Complications This is very uncommon. The gradual effects make it difficult to diagnose and it can be life threatening. Patients untreated are at higher risk for diabetes mellitus, vision loss, sleep apnea, polyps in colon, goiter and osteoarthritis. Life threatening instances can be hypertension and cardiovascular diseases.
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