Mandibular Growth Anomalies in Acromegaly

  • Hugo L. Obwegeser


When lecturing on the subject of mandibular growth anomalies I have often expressed the opinion that growth hormone overproduction in an adenoma of the pituitary gland will stimulate the condylar growth factors M or L, or both. So, in acromegaly, bilateral mandibular growth anomalies equal to bilateral symmetrical H.E., H.H. or hybrid forms will be produced. This was, in my opinion, the reason why in acromegaly only the mandible can increase in length and mass producing a rather typical antemandibulism type while no other bones of the human skeleton will become longer as they do not contain anything similar to our assumed condylar growth factors.


Hybrid Form Mandibular Canal Cheek Tooth Panoramic View Facial Skeleton 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2001

Authors and Affiliations

  • Hugo L. Obwegeser
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  1. 1.University HospitalZürichSwitzerland

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