Alternate Names : Hyperpituitarism
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
in the spine as well.