Although acromegaly causes a variety of symptoms, they can be difficult for doctors to recognize as being related to acromegaly. The physical changes associated with acromegaly tend to happen slowly and can often go unnoticed, even by family members.
Common signs of acromegaly may include:
The first steps a doctor typically takes toward diagnosing acromegaly are to record your complete medical history and conduct a thorough physical exam.
Based on the findings of your medical history and exam, your doctor may then recommend:
Blood tests to measure your GH and IGF-1 levels
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to locate the pituitary tumor and determine its size
Acromegaly is often difficult to diagnose. In some cases, patients suffer with acromegaly for years before receiving an accurate diagnosis. Fortunately, once acromegaly has been identified, there are treatment options available.