Acromegaly Disorder – UPSC Prelims

Acromegaly Disorder:
  • Acromegaly is a hormonal disorder that leads to the abnormal growth of hands, feet and face.
  • This disorder is mainly caused due to the excessive production of the Growth Hormone (GH) produced by the Pituitary gland.
  • The pituitary gland, a small gland situated at the base of your brain and called the Master Gland, as it synthesis some of the important hormones in the body.
  • Due to the excessive growth of this gland, the surrounding nerve tissues and optic nerves get compressed. This results in the growth of the bone and the enlargement of organs.
  • Symptoms: Sleeplessness, Excess fatigue, A hoarse voice, Profuse sweating, Frequent headaches, Abnormal weight gain, Develop odour in the body, Enlargement of jaws or tongue etc.
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