Diagnosis & Treatment

While it may be tough to hear an official diagnosis of acromegaly, the first challenge most people with acromegaly face is getting to that point.

Acromegaly symptoms can develop slowly and are frequently confused with other conditions, so it takes time to recognize the constellation of symptoms that may prompt a medical professional to screen for the disease.

Then comes finding the right answers for treatment.

Disease Management

There are a variety of treatment options available for people with acromegaly. If the tumor on the pituitary gland is small, your physician may recommend surgical removal, which may decrease the amount of disease-related complications, such as heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes.

If removal of the tumor does not reduce GH and IFG-1 levels to a normal range, medications or radiation may be used to help manage the disease.

It is important for you and your health care team to discuss your options and determine the best treatment for you.

References:

1 Medscape (2015). Gigantism and Acromegaly [Fact sheet]. Retrieved April 1, 2016.
2 National Endocrine and Metabolic Diseases Information Service (NEMDIS); A service of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), National Institutes of Health (NIH). Acromegaly Fact Sheet. Retrieved April 1, 2016.