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Treatment of acromegaly

Treatment of acromegaly

Treatment of acromegaly

Treatment of acromegaly

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The diagnosis of acromegaly can be confirmed by a simple blood test which shows elevated levels of growth hormone following a glucose drink. Imaging techniques like an MRI scan is helpful in diagnosing pituitary tumours. The goal in treatment is to diminish the excess production of growth hormone and minimise the effects of pituitary tumour on the adjacent structures. Keeping this in mind, the most appropriate treatment is surgical removal of the pituitary tumour. Drug treatment and radiation therapy are other treatment modalities which can help in suppressing the growth hormone production. But they are not effective on their own. They are usually considered as adjuncts to surgical treatment. Drugs help by shrinking the tumour before surgery. After surgical removal of the tumour radiation therapy is usually required as a follow up treatment.

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