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Symptoms of acromegaly can vary from person to person. They depend on how long you have had the disease. Each person may have symptoms in a different way. These are the most common symptoms and signs:
These symptoms may look like other health problems. Always see your health care provider for a diagnosis.
The symptoms of acromegaly may not be noticed right away. So the disease is often not found until years later. In addition to a full health history and exam, you may need:
Your health care provider will figure out the best treatment for you based on:
Treatment of acromegaly depends on what is causing the disease. Most cases are caused by benign tumors on the pituitary gland. Others are caused by tumors in the pancreas, lungs, or adrenal glands. You may need surgery to remove or reduce the size of a tumor.
You may also need radiation therapy and to take a drug that blocks the growth hormone. The goal of treatment is to fix the pituitary gland so it makes normal levels of growth hormone.
If acromegaly isn’t treated, it can lead to several problems. These may include:
The disease also raises your risk for colon polyps. They may lead to colorectal cancer.
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