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Archive for May 25th, 2011

Pituitary Gland

Pituitary Gland

Acromegaly is a condition involving the growth hormone (GH).  GH controls the growth of soft tissue and bones.  Elevated GH can lead to serious complications and early death if left untreated.  Acromegaly is a risk factor for developing knee osteoarthritis.

A benign tumor in the pituitary gland usually causes increased GH levels but malignant tumors in the pancreas and lungs can also be culprits.