Men and women are affected equally.
Most people who are diagnosed with acromegaly are aged between 30 and 50 years of age.
Very rarely (less than 1% of cases) acromegaly can be diagnosed in children and adolescents. Children and adolescents will, however, develop gigantism, whereas adults develop acromegaly.
The vast majority (over 98%) of people have tumours that develop spontaneously in the pituitary gland and which secrete growth hormone.
Thus, acromegaly is sporadic, meaning it is not inherited. When acromegaly develops at an early age some cases have an identifiable genetic mutation.
Find out how acromegaly is diagnosed and the tests that healthcare professionals may use to assess acromegaly symptomsDiagnosis & Testing
Read about acromegaly treatment options, including surgery, medications and radiotherapy, and the goals of therapyTreating acromegaly
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