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How to tell if these are acromegaly symptoms?

How to tell if these are acromegaly symptoms?

Check IGF-1: Hi. If we suspect acromegaly on clinical grounds, we check an IGF-1 (and I also get an IGFBP-3); I get a GH, but it's seldom helpful at the screening stage). If IGF-1 is elevated, then a growth hormone suppression test is done. If that's abnormal, we then do a pituitary MRI. Acromegaly tumors are usually big and easy to see. Good luck! ...Read more

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Acromegaly (Definition)

Acromegaly is a metabolic disorder caused by too much growth hormone being released in the body. This makes bones grow larger than normal, causing large hands, feet, and a thickening of the skin and joint ...Read more


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What are the symptoms of acromegaly?

What are the symptoms of acromegaly?

Many: Adults do not gain height once the bones are completely mineralized, but the bones can grow in width. So wider hands or feet are classic symptoms. Facial bones may enlarge and lead to coarsening of facial features; the jaw may enlarge and protrude. People with acromegaly may also have headaches, diabetes, sleep apnea, heart problems, carpal tunnel, arthritis, & higher risk for cancer. ...Read more

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Can the symptoms of acromegaly regress over time with?

Acromegaly: Acromegaly causes overgrowth of many bones including the skull, face and limbs due to an excess of growth hormone, usually caused by a pituitary tumor. When the disease is properly treated (with surgery), there will be partial but not complete improvement in the peculiar appearance due to overgrown bones; there will be more marked improvement in the aches and pain of acromegaly. ...Read more

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What are signs and symptoms of acromegaly?

What are signs and symptoms of acromegaly?

Acromegaly: Patient's extremities usually get larger than they used to be. People who are wearing rings can tell those become tighter. Facial features become more prominent, but mostly the extremities enlarge in size. Some complain of visual troubles due to pituitary tumors causing pressure on the optic nerves. ...Read more

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Can the symptoms of acromegaly regress over time with treatment?

Can the symptoms of acromegaly regress over time with treatment?

Yes!: While bones that have enlarged will stay enlarged, much of the growth is actually soft tissues that can subside. Other symptoms such as headache and weight gain are likely to get better as well. ...Read more

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Differential diagnosis for increase in height in an adult over age 35? No other real symptoms and no symptoms for acromegaly.

Differential diagnosis for increase in height in an adult over age 35? No other real symptoms and no symptoms for acromegaly.

It would be: vanishingly rare for an adult to have an significant increase in height. Most likely one of the measurements was incorrect. If concerned, check w/your doctor. Acromegaly doesn't increase height, just other bone formation. ...Read more

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Are arm/leg tingling & dizziness esp in public places symptoms of acromegaly? No other issues like enlarged features, fatigue, oily skin, voice change

Why ask about zebras: B"sd conceivably, due to consequences of soft tissue enlargement. Unless there is some hidden genetic or polyendrocrine syndrome agenda, acromegally would not be among the first things most would think of. In any case a normal IGF-1 level can be relied on to eliminate the possiblity of excess growth hormone. ...Read more

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Can the face puffiness be a symptom of acromegaly?

Generally no: The facial changes associated with acromegaly are generally due to bony enlargement. The forehead and jaw can become more prominent. The cheekbones can enlarge as well. When you say. ...Read more

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