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Acromegaly disorder

Acromegaly is a rare disorder that often goes undetected initially. The condition is caused by an excess of growth hormones being produced from the pituitary gland.

The most common cause of acromegaly is a noncancerous tumor of the pituitary gland, which sits at the base of the brain. Excessive sweating, deep voice and over-sized hands and feet are some of the symptoms associated with this disorder.

If left untreated, acromegaly can lead to serious complications such as hypertension, carpal tunnel syndrome, sleep apnea and cardiovascular disease.

How is Acromegaly Treated?

If you are diagnosed with acromegaly, our team of specialists will provide personalized care that may include surgery, medication therapy or radiation treatment. Your medical team will help you weigh the benefits and risks of each treatment so you can choose the option that is best for you.

The renowned experts at Jefferson Hospital for Neuroscience, the only dedicated hospital for neuroscience in the Philadelphia region, can successfully treat acromegaly by removing pituitary tumors and controlling the production of growth hormones. Our world-class neurosurgeons can perform a complex minimally invasive procedure called transsphenoidal surgery, in which pituitary tumors are removed through the nose.

If your physicians recommend radiation therapy to destroy tumor cells, you can take comfort in knowing that our physicians are world-renowned pioneers in stereotactic radiosurgery, which enables the precise delivery of high doses of radiation while sparing tissue surrounding the tumor.

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Call 1-800-JEFF-NOW (1-800-533-3669) to make an appointment with a Jefferson Health specialist.