All Acromegaly Articles

Acromegaly is a growth disorder. It causes too much growth hormone (GH) to be released by the pituitary gland, leading to excessive growth. When growth hormone is released at normal levels, it promotes healthy growth. Too much of it, though, is a serious—but rare—endocrine disorder.

Managing Acromegaly: State-of-the Art Diagnosis and Treatment Options
An expert in pituitary disorders and his patient team up to explore the challenges facing someone with a condition caused by a growth hormone overproduction.
For many patients, gaining a proper diagnosis of acromegaly, an excess production of growth hormone, remains a challenge but patients can seek better management sooner to receive good care.
Oral Octreotide Found Safe and Effective for Acromegaly in Investigational Study
An investigational oral form of octreotide was safe and effective for the treatment of acromegaly, a rare hormonal disorder, in a recent study. The findings suggest that people who respond well to oral octreotide would be able to avoid the burden of injections if the oral form is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Medications for Acromegaly
Acromegaly Treatments
People with acromegaly have several medications they can try to treat this growth disorder. Medications are usually used after surgery if surgery doesn't lower growth hormone and insulin-like growth factor-1 levels. Includes side effects for each medication.
Acromegaly Surgery
Surgery to Remove a Pituitary Tumor
Learn about the different procedures, risks, and goals for acromegaly surgery.
Acromegaly Complications
Osteoporosis, Type 2 Diabetes, and Cardiovascular Problems
If left untreated (or undertreated), acromegaly can lead to complications. Read about the most common complications from this growth hormone disorder.
Acromegaly Symptoms
How to Recognize Acromegaly
The symptoms of acromegaly (a growth hormone disorder) develop gradually. Read this article to learn more.
Acromegaly Overview
What Happens with Too Much Growth Hormone
Acromegaly (called gigantism when it occurs in children) is a growth hormone disorder. It causes the pituitary gland to release too much growth hormone, leading to excessive growth.
Acromegaly Diagnosis
Blood Tests to Diagnose Acromegaly
To diagnose acromegaly (a growth hormone disorder), the doctor will probably do 3 things: look for physical changes, test your growth hormone and insulin-like growth factor-1 levels, and check for a tumor using imaging tests.
Acromegaly Causes
Pituitary Tumors Usually Cause Acromegaly
Acromegaly, a growth hormone disorder, is always caused by a benign (non-cancerous) tumor, usually one on the pituitary gland. These tumors are also called adenomas, and they cause the body to produce too much growth hormone.