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Hospitals and medical centers performing Acromegaly.

Medipol Mega University Hospital

Medipol Mega Hospital Complex is a modern medical facility with four specialist hospitals and an extensive selection of high caliber medical devices available for use. The hospital provides treatments in a wide variety of medical fields in its 470 bed facility.

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Acromegaly is treated at Medipol Mega University Hospital

Rambam Medical Center

The Department of Endocrinology comprises consulting clinics where patients are treated, laboratories for routine testing, and research laboratories. The most advanced technologies and techniques in the field are used in the treatments and tests carried out at the institute.

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Acromegaly is treated at Rambam Medical Center

Grupo Hospitalario Quirón

Quirón has an internationally prestigious medical staff, the largest in the sector, and is also the principal hospital network in terms of patient numbers and care facility area. The group administers 38 healthcare centers, more than 2,864 hospital beds and 7,500 associate doctors.

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Acromegaly is treated at Grupo Hospitalario Quirón

HM Hospitales

HM Hospitales is a hospital group with six private hospitals in Madrid: three general hospitals, a cardiovascular hospital, an oncological center and a women's health hospital.

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Acromegaly is treated at HM Hospitales

Vithas Xanit International Hospital

Xanit Hospital Internacional is a modern private hospital located in the suburbs of Malaga, Spain. The hospital is modern (opened in 2005), and the staff include over 200 specialists in all medical specialties.

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Acromegaly is treated at Vithas Xanit International Hospital

Hygeia Hospital

HYGEIA Hospital is the first large private hospital to operate in Greece and has been a leading healthcare provider for the last 35 years. It is the first and only hospital in Greece to be accredited by the JCI.

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Acromegaly is treated at Hygeia Hospital

Hospital Ruber Internacional

The Ruber International Hospital is designed as a "whole hospital". thus achieving maximum efficiency in the organization and development of the various medical, welfare, educational and research activities.

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Acromegaly is treated at Hospital Ruber Internacional

Hospital San Jose Tec De Monterrey

A JCI accredited hospital, located 150 miles from the border with Texas, United States. The hospital is a full range tertiary care hospital, with five areas of excellence: Cardiology, Oncology, Neuroscience, Organ Transplant and Liver Disease.

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Acromegaly is treated at Hospital San Jose Tec De Monterrey

Quirón Madrid University Hospital

An ISO certified modern private hospital, which was opened in 2006, and is part of the Quirón Hospital Group. This tertiary care hospital 400 has certified physicians from all medical specialties capable of treating the most complicated medical cases.

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Acromegaly is treated at Hospital Quirón Madrid

Apollo Spectra Hospital Koramangala

Part of the Nova Medical Centers group, the center offers over 700 different procedures, with a specialty in general surgery, gynecology, plastic and cosmetic surgery, orthopedics, radiology, pediatrics, urology, and ophthalmology.

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Acromegaly is treated at Apollo Spectra Hospital Koramangala

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About Acromegaly

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What is acromegaly?

This is a hormonal disorder due to too much growth hormones in the body. Growth hormones are produced by the pituitary, a small gland in the brain. Excess growth hormones come from benign tumors on the pituitary called adenomas.


Symptoms of acromegaly include:
  • Swelling of the hands and feet
  • The brow and lower jaw protrude leading to teeth space out
  • Overgrowth of bone and cartilage leading to carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Numbness and weakness of the hands
  • Enlargement of body organs such as the heart
  • Joint aches
  • Thick, coarse, oily skin
  • Enlarged lips, nose, tongue, sinuses and vocal cords
  • Deepening of the voice
  • Sleep apnea
  • Excessive sweating and skin odor
  • Fatigue and weakness
  • Headaches and impaired vision
  • Menstrual cycle abnormalities and sometimes breast discharge in women
  • Erectile dysfunction and decreased libido

How is acromegaly diagnosed?Blood tests

Growth hormone levels: Your doctor will measure the growth hormone level in your blood to see if it is elevated. This test is accurate when done under conditions that suppress the secretion of growth hormones.IGF-I levels: Your doctor can also measure your Insulin-like Growth Factor levels which increase as Growth hormone increase.

Imaging

MRI: After diagnosis using blood tests, an MRI (Magnetic resonance imaging of the pituitary is done to locate the tumor causing the overproduction of the growth hormone and also to detect the size.CT scan: Computerized tomography scan can diagnose possible tumor sites.

Treatment options include:

  • Surgery: This is done if the tumor has not yet invaded surrounding nonpituitary tissues. After surgery, hormone levels have to be measured to determine whether a cure has been achieved, which can take up to several weeks because IGF-I lasts a long time in the body's circulation.
  • Medication: This option is done if the surgery does not normalize the hormone levels or a relapse occurs. Long-term therapy is necessary because their withdrawal can lead to rising growth hormone levels and tumor re-expansion.
  • Radiation therapy: This form of treatment is done on patients who are not good candidates for surgery or do not respond adequately to surgery and medication.    
  • Side effects include:
    • Infertility
    • Vision loss and brain injury
    • Digestive problems such as loose stools, nausea, and gas
    • Gallstones
    • Elevated blood glucose levels.
    • A need for lifelong use of pituitary hormone replacement.
    • Cerebrospinal fluid leaks
    • Meningitis.
    • Headaches, fatigue
    • Abnormal liver function.

Conclusion

Acromegaly is a hormonal disorder due to too much growth hormone in the body because of a benign tumor of the pituitary gland. Common features of acromegaly include abnormal growth of the hands and feet; bone growth in the face that leads to a protruding lower jaw and brow as well as an enlarged nasal bone. It can cause sleep apnea, fatigue and weakness, aches and is diagnosed through a blood test or MRI. The common treatment is usually surgical removal of the tumor. Medication or radiation may also be used instead of or in addition to surgery.

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