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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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 663 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Increasing frequency of combination medical therapy in the treatment of acromegaly with the GH receptor antagonist pegvisomant.
 

Author(s): Christian J Strasburger, Anders Mattsson, Patrick Wilton, Ferah Aydin, Judith Hey-Hadavi, Beverly M K Biller

Journal: Eur. J. Endocrinol.. 2018 Apr;178(4):321-329.

 

Pegvisomant monotherapy is effective and safe in treatment of acromegaly. However, some clinicians combine pegvisomant with somatostatin analogues (SSA) or dopamine agonist (DA). In this analysis of ACROSTUDY, a long-term non-interventional study, the use of combination regimens was ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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Expression of E-cadherin, Slug and NCAM and its relationship to tumor invasiveness in patients with acromegaly.
 

Author(s): G A Mendes, T Haag, G Trott, C G S L Rech, N P Ferreira, M C Oliveira, M B Kohek, J F S Pereira-Lima

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Pituitary adenomas account for 10-15% of primary intracranial tumors. Growth hormone (GH)-secreting adenomas account for 13% of all pituitary adenomas and cause acromegaly. These tumors can be aggressive, invade surrounding structures and are highly recurrent. The objective of this ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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A Case of Acromegaly in which a Pituitary Gland Tumor was Reduced Significantly by Administering Octreotide Long Acting Release (LAR) and Could Be Removed Surgically.
 

Author(s): Tadashi Arao, Yosuke Okada, Fumi Uemura, Shigeru Nishizawa, Yoshiya Tanaka

Journal: J. UOEH. ;39(3):241-245.

 

A 54-year-old woman was admitted to our hospital for detailed examination of acromegaly because she noticed bilateral hand and finger swelling at the age of 43 and plantar thickening, facial changes and unclear articulation at the age of 49. She had prominent brow ridges, mandibular ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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The terms "Acromegaly" returned 92 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Mortality in acromegaly decreased in the last decade: a systematic review and meta-analysis.
 

Author(s): F Bolfi, A F Neves, C L Boguszewski, V S Nunes-Nogueira

Journal: Eur. J. Endocrinol.. 2018 Jul;179(1):59-71.

 

To compare the acromegaly mortality rates with those expected for the general population from studies published before and after 2008.

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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MANAGEMENT OF ENDOCRINE DISEASE: Personalized medicine in the treatment of acromegaly.
 

Author(s): Leandro Kasuki, Luiz Eduardo Wildemberg, Mônica R Gadelha

Journal: Eur. J. Endocrinol.. 2018 Mar;178(3):R89-R100.

 

Acromegaly is associated with high morbidity and elevated mortality when not adequately treated. Surgery is the first-line treatment for most patients as it is the only one that can lead to immediate cure. In patients who are not cured by surgery, treatment is currently based on a ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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[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: 31 Dec 1969

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Last Updated: 31 May 2018

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Treatment Patterns and Treatment Outcomes for Acromegaly
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Acromegaly

 

Last Updated: 10 Apr 2018

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