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      Category : Health Centers > Endocrine Disorders


Alternate Names : Hyperpituitarism

Acromegaly | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

How is the condition diagnosed?

Diagnosis of acromegaly begins with a medical history and physical exam. It may take years after the first symptoms appear to diagnose acromegaly. This is because the changes occur so slowly. A blood test to measure the levels of human growth hormones, called HGH, is helpful in diagnosis. Many people with acromegaly develop high blood glucose levels, so this sign may prompt a doctor to investigate further.

Skull X-rays, a cranial CT scan, and a cranial MRI can be done to take pictures of the pituitary gland. They can help the doctor identify a problem with the pituitary gland. Bone X-rays can show thickening of the skull and the long bones of the body. X-rays may reveal some arthritis in the spine as well.

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Author: Gail Hendrickson, RN, BS
Reviewer: Melissa Sanders, PharmD
Date Reviewed: 08/22/01

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