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Acromegaly in Europe

Hospitals and medical centers in Europe performing Acromegaly.

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.


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.


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.


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.


Acromegaly is treated at Hygeia Hospital

SARAFIANOS Private Clinic

SARAFIANOS is an ISO 9001 certified private clinic in Thessaloniki, Greece. Known for its long tradition of high quality health services since 1957, high sense of professionalism, respect for the patient, quality, thoroughness and consistency in the services provided


Acromegaly is treated at SARAFIANOS Private Clinic

British Hospital Lisbon XXI

An ISO certified private hospital with in and out patient facilities providing medical services that include urology, neurosurgery, cosmetic surgery, orthopedics, ophthalmology, ob-gyn, neurology, general surgery, bariatrics, neurology, gastroenterology and more.


Acromegaly is treated at British Hospital Lisbon XXI

Medipol Mega University Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey

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.


Acromegaly is treated at Medipol Mega University 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.


Acromegaly is treated at Hospital Ruber Internacional

Klinikum Stuttgart

One of Germany's largest hospitals, made up of more than 50 clinics and specialist institutes spanning all medical specialties. Kinikum Stuttgart is regarded as one of the best hospitals in Germany, and is a referral center for oncology, ENT, pediatrics and more.


Acromegaly is treated at Klinikum Stuttgart

Liv Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey

Liv Hospital is the only institution in Turkey co-authorized Center of Excellence Accreditation in colorectal surgery, robotic surgery and bariatric surgery by the Surgical Review Corporation (SRC) and provides advanced technology and treatments to its international patients with its 159 bed capacit


Acromegaly is treated at Liv Hospital

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About Acromegaly

This information is intended for general information only and should not be considered as medical advice on the part of Any decision on medical treatments, after-care or recovery should be done solely upon proper consultation and advice of a qualified physician.

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.


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.


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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