Progression of acromegaly can result in major health problems. Complications may include:

  • High blood pressure (hypertension)
  • Cardiovascular disease, particularly enlargement of the heart (cardiomyopathy)
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Diabetes mellitus
  • Precancerous growths (polyps) on the lining of your colon
  • Sleep apnea, a condition in which breathing repeatedly stops and starts during sleep
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Reduced secretion of other pituitary hormones (hypopituitarism)
  • Uterine fibroids, benign tumors in the uterus
  • Spinal cord compression
  • Vision loss

Early treatment of acromegaly can prevent these complications from developing or becoming worse. If untreated, acromegaly and its complications can lead to premature death.

Feb. 05, 2013