Making a DiagnosisIn order to make an acromegaly diagnosis, the doctor will ask a number of questions about a person's medical history, including: current symptoms, whether there is a family history of any medical problems, and any medicines the patient is taking. The doctor will also perform a physical exam, looking for any signs of acromegaly, and will order certain tests.
Tests used to help diagnose acromegaly and determine the acromegaly causes can include:
- Blood tests to measure GH and/or IGF-1 levels
- Glucose tolerance test
- Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan
- Computed tomography (CT) scan.
(Click Diagnosing Acromegaly to read more about diagnosing this disorder.)
- Reduce growth hormone (GH) production to normal levels
- Relieve the pressure that the growing pituitary tumor exerts on the surrounding brain areas to preserve normal pituitary function
- Reverse or improve the acromegaly symptoms.
Current options for acromegaly treatment include:
- Surgical removal of the tumor
- Drug therapy
- Radiation therapy of the pituitary.
(Click Acromegaly Treatment for a closer look at treatment options.)