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What Is Acromegaly?

Diagnosing Acromegaly

In order to make a diagnosis, the doctor will take a person's medical history, perform a physical exam, and order certain tests. Due to its slow and insidious onset, however, acromegaly is frequently diagnosed incorrectly.
Some of the tests commonly used to diagnose acromegaly include:
  • Blood tests to measure GH and/or IGF-1 levels
  • Glucose tolerance test
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan
  • Computed tomography (CT) scan.

Treatment Options

Once acromegaly is diagnosed, a treatment plan can be developed. There are several treatment options available, including:
  • Surgical removal of the tumor
  • Drug therapy
  • Radiation therapy of the pituitary.
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