Acromegaly is a disorder of the pituitary gland that causes your hands and feet to grow.
Anthony Bucher says, “I would look at my face and wonder why my jaw was pushing out and my cheekbones were growing.”
Years went by before Anthony was diagnosed with Acromegaly.
Dr. Atil Kargi from the University of Miami says, “Patients with this disorder typically present with changes in their hands and their feet as well as in their facial features.”
The condition is caused by an excess of growth hormone.
Dr. Kargi says, “It’s almost always due to a pituitary tumor that’s secreting high levels of growth hormone affecting all parts of the body.”
Symptoms may also include headaches, sweating, fatigue and hypertension.
If caught early doctors can remove the tumor. A neurosurgeon will actually go through the nose and right underneath the brain, remove the pituitary tumor.
From 50 to 90 percent of patients are cured of symptoms.