Revista Archivo Médico de Camagüey
versión ISSN 1025-0255
Background: Acromegaly is a disease caused by a chronic and inappropriate hypersecretion of growth hormone (GH) started after the closure of connecting cartilages, increased secretion happens while they remain open, originates gigantism. In general, acromegaly develops very slowly, where there are typical morphological changes of the ostearticular, neurological and cardiovascular function that leads to a decrease in life expectancy, gigantism is much rarer than acromegaly, and other cases of extrahypophysial hypersecretion of growth hormone are tumors of pancreatic islets´. Clinical case: 70 year-old male patient, mixed skin, presented an acromegaly and he was attended in the Medicine ward at the University Hospital Amalia Simoni, with a clinical picture fundamentally characterized by increase in volume of fingers, frontal bone, lips and nose. After being assessed by several specialties was decided his transferral to Havana province for growth hormone dosage and his definitive treatment.
Palabras llave : ACROMEGALY; GIGANTISM; HUMAN GROWTH HORMONE; CASE STUDIES.