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Content updated on Jun 1, 2022

What is acromegaly?

A condition caused by abnormally high levels of growth hormone in the blood. It is usually caused by benign (non-cancerous) tumors in the brain.

Symptoms related to acromegaly

  • Headache

  • Hands and feet became larger, hence rings and shoes do not fit

  • Change in facial appearance / features

  • Poor peripheral vision

  • Sweating at the moment

  • Abnormal menstrual cycles e.g. too early or too late

Questions your doctor may ask to check for acromegaly

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose acromegaly

  • Do you have headaches or does your head feel heavy?

  • Have your hands or feet become larger recently (e.g. unable to fit into shoes or rings)

  • Have you noticed any changes in your facial feature recently?

  • Do you feel that people or cars suddenly appear in your field of vision?

  • Are you sweating at the moment?

Treatment for acromegaly

Treatment usually aims to remove the tumor and stop its effects - this can be done by surgery or radiation therapy. Medications can also be given to shrink the tumor and block the effects of high growth hormone levels.

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