Susan Samson, MD, PhD, of the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville FL talks about the need to educate dentists about acromegaly.  

Acromegaly is a rare endocrine disorder in which the body secretes too much growth hormone in adulthood, usually as a result of a pituitary tumor.  Since the increased growth hormone occurs past puberty, the changes in bone structure can be very gradual. As a result, it can take several years for a person with acromegaly to be diagnosed.

However, one health care professional who may likely notice the subtle changes in bone structure is the dentist. Unexplainable changes in jaw and/or teeth alignment are often the earliest measurable signs of acromegaly and dentists are in the position to recognize those changes and assist in the diagnostic journey. 

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