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

Enlarged hands

Explanation

• 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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