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Is acromegaly hereditary?

Is acromegaly hereditary?

Acromegaly: That would be an extremely rare situation, to my knowledge there are no hereditary links in acromegaly. ...Read more

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Dr. Leann Olansky
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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 tests for acromegaly?

What are the tests for acromegaly?

IGF-1, MRI, others: A screening test is igf-1 (or insulin-like growth factor). This test is more reliable than growth hormone (gh) because gh is released in pulses, so that a one-time measurement of gh doesn't mean much. If the igf-1 is high, further tests may include a test where glucose is given & gh check to see if if suppresses (normal) or stays high (acromegaly) and MRI is done to check for pituitary tumor. ...Read more

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What sort of problem is acromegaly?

What sort of problem is acromegaly?

Excess growth hormon: It is caused by a pituitary tumor that produces growth hormone. In children, it causes gigantism, but when it happens after growth has stopped, it causes acromegaly. There can be enlargement if the jaw and forehead. It can cause high blood pressure, joint pain, skin tags, excess sweating, a goiter. It increases the risk of certain cancers. It is generally treated with surgery. ...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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What are the earliest signs of acromegaly?

What are the earliest signs of acromegaly?

Acromegaly: Acromegaly is abnormal soft tissue growth from excessive growth hormone production by a pituitary tumor. A change in glove or shoe size can be the earliest sign. Some people notice a change in the spacing of their teeth, perhaps requiring braces in adulthood. Others notice gradual change in appearance, with enlargement of the nose, ears, lips, face or tongue, overgrowth of the jaw or brow. ...Read more

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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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I think I am suffering from acromegaly. Help?

Acromegaly: You do not say why you think you have this relatively rare disease. You should see your doctor about this. An endocrinologist is a specialist in gland disorders and would be in the best position to work this up. ...Read more

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How could one treat acromegaly to become healthy?

Acromegaly : Hi. Treating acromegaly is a multi-pronged approach. The first step is almost always surgery, however surgery is often not curative. Subsequent lines of treatment include somatostatin analogs (e.g., lanreotide) and maybe the GH receptor antagonist, pegvisomant. Sometimes pituitary radiation is necessary. Good luck! ...Read more