What Are the Symptoms?The name acromegaly comes from the Greek words for "extremities" and "enlargement," and reflects one of the most common acromegaly symptoms: the abnormal growth of the hands and feet. Soft-tissue swelling of the hands and feet is often an early acromegaly symptom, with patients noticing a change in ring or shoe size. Gradually, bony changes alter the patient's facial features: the brow and lower jaw protrude, the nasal bone enlarges, and the spacing of the teeth increases.
Other common acromegaly symptoms include:
- Fatigue and weakness
- Skin tags
- Sleep apnea
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Thick, coarse, oily skin
- Excessive sweating and skin odor
- Impaired vision
- Enlarged lips, nose, and tongue
- Deepening of the voice due to enlarged sinuses and vocal cords
- Impotence in men, also known as erectile dysfunction or ED
- Abnormalities of the menstrual cycle
- Breast discharge in women
- Enlargement of body organs, including the liver, spleen, kidneys, and heart.
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Acromegaly and Other Health ConditionsAcromegaly can lead to the development of other health conditions. The most serious health consequences of acromegaly are:
- Diabetes mellitus
- High blood pressure (hypertension)
- Cardiovascular disease
- Colon polyps that can develop into colon cancer.