The nurse is assessing a patient with acromegaly. Which of the following signs can the nurse expect?


• Acromegaly results from the overproduction of growth hormone due to a tumor of the pituitary gland

• Acromegaly is characterized by enlarged hands, feet, facial structures, and organs. Hyperpigmentation, tongue enlargement, and jaw protrusion also occur

• Acromegaly only affects adults

• Tall stature is associated with gigantism, which has a childhood onset

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