Acromegaly

Common Name(s)

Acromegaly

Acromegaly is a hormonal disorder that results from the pituitary gland producing too much growth hormone (GH). It is most often diagnosed in middle-aged adults, although symptoms can appear at any age. Signs and symptoms include abnormal growth and swelling of the hands and feet; bone changes that alter various facial features; arthritis; carpal tunnel syndrome; enlargement of body organs; and various other symptoms. The condition is usually caused by benign tumors on the pituitary called adenomas. Rarely, it is caused by tumors of the pancreas, lungs, and other parts of the brain. Acromegaly is usually treatable but when left untreated, it can result in serious illness and premature death. When GH-producing tumors occur in childhood, the disease that results is called gigantism rather than acromegaly.
 

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Pituitary Network Association

To support, pursue, encourage, promote, and, where possible, fund research on pituitary disorders in a sustained and full-time effort to find a cure for these illnesses. The PNA will disseminate information helpful to the medical community, the public, and to pituitary patients and their families on matters regarding early detection, symptoms, treatments and resources available to patients with pituitary disease.

Last Updated: 20 Feb 2013

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Following organizations serve the condition "Acromegaly" for support, advocacy or research.

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Pituitary Network Association

To support, pursue, encourage, promote, and, where possible, fund research on pituitary disorders in a sustained and full-time effort to find a cure for these illnesses. The PNA will disseminate information helpful to the medical community, the public, and to pituitary patients and their families on matters regarding early detection, symptoms, treatments and resources available to patients with pituitary disease.

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Last Updated: 20 Feb 2013

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Scientific Literature

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The terms "Acromegaly" returned 642 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Prevalence of acromegaly in patients with symptoms of sleep apnea.
 

Author(s): Gemma Sesmilo, Eugenia Resmini, Marcel Sambo, Concepción Blanco, Fernando Calvo, Fernando Pazos, Pablo Fernández-Catalina, Purificación Martínez de Icaya, Concepción Páramo, Carmen Fajardo, Mónica Marazuela, Cristina Álvarez-Escolá, Juan Jose Díez, Verónica Perea,

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Acromegaly is a rare disease with nonspecific symptoms with acral enlargement being almost universally present at diagnosis. The estimated prevalence is 40-125 cases/million but targeted universal screening studies have found a higher prevalence (about 10 fold). The aim of the ACROSAHS ...

Last Updated: 12 Sep 2017

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Treatment of acromegaly patients at the Federal University of Triângulo Mineiro (UFTM): Experience Report.
 

Author(s): Maria de Fátima Borges, Beatriz Hallal Jorge Lara, Janaíne Machado Tomé, Leopoldo Prezia de Araújo, Flávio Cesar Lucas Bugiga, Júlio Cláudio Sousa, Jacqueline Mendes Fonseca Soares, Roberto Alexandre Dezena, Beatriz Pires Ferreira

Journal: Clinics (Sao Paulo). 2017 Apr;72(4):218-223.

 

To evaluate the effectiveness of the treatment of acromegaly patients at the Federal University of Triangulo Mineiro.

Last Updated: 11 May 2017

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Suffocation due to Thoracic Deformity Caused by Acromegaly.
 

Author(s): Toshihiko Yoshizawa, Masayuki Iwazaki, Kei Jitsuiki, Kouhei Ishikawa, Hiromichi Ohsaka, Youichi Yanagawa

Journal: Intern. Med.. 2017 ;56(8):949-951.

 

A 61-year-old man with gigantism and acromegaly choked and fell into a coma. Immediate tracheal intubation resulted in a return of his consciousness. Enhanced computed tomography indicated that the trachea and left main bronchus were compressed by the thoracic spine and sternum. He ...

Last Updated: 19 Apr 2017

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The terms "Acromegaly" returned 82 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

[Acromegaly features in the aging population].
 

Author(s): Nadia Anoun, Hanan El Ouahabi

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Somatotroph adenomas are rare in the aging population. Diagnosis of somatotroph adenomas is often long delayed and they are characterized by atypical clinical picture. Their diagnostic criteria are similar to those used for younger patients. Surgery, if possible, is the treatment ...

Last Updated: 14 Sep 2017

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MANAGEMENT OF ENDOCRINE DISEASE: Acromegaly and pregnancy: a contemporary review.
 

Author(s): Julio Abucham, Marcello D Bronstein, Monike L Dias

Journal: Eur. J. Endocrinol.. 2017 Jul;177(1):R1-R12.

 

Although fertility is frequently impaired in women with acromegaly, pregnancy is apparently becoming more common due to improvement in acromegaly treatment as well as in fertility therapy. As a result, several studies on pregnancy in patients with acromegaly have been published in ...

Last Updated: 15 Mar 2017

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The genetic background of acromegaly.
 

Author(s): Mônica R Gadelha, Leandro Kasuki, Márta Korbonits

Journal: Pituitary. 2017 Feb;20(1):10-21.

 

Acromegaly is caused by a somatotropinoma in the vast majority of the cases. These are monoclonal tumors that can occur sporadically or rarely in a familial setting. In the last few years, novel familial syndromes have been described and recent studies explored the landscape of somatic ...

Last Updated: 5 Feb 2017

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Treatment Patterns and Treatment Outcomes for Acromegaly
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Acromegaly

 

Last Updated: 2 Feb 2017

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Last Updated: 22 May 2017

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A Prospective Study of Outcome After Therapy for Acromegaly
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Acromegaly

 

Last Updated: 2 Feb 2017

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