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Acromegaly in Latin America

Hospitals and medical centers in Latin America performing Acromegaly.

Hospital Universitario Austral

A tertiary university hospital with over 750 physicians, providing medical services in most medical specialties. Services to foreign patients include interpreters, insurance coordination, and transportation arrangements. Both hospital and doctors have liability insuranc

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Acromegaly is treated at Hospital Universitario Austral

Clínica Anglo Americana

Clínica Anglo Americana is a JCI accredited medical facility established in 1921 and works with many international insurers. The innovative hospital with its bilingual staff keeps up to date with advanced technologies, and provides treatment in many fields.

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Acromegaly is treated at Clínica Anglo Americana

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

San Javier Marina Hospital

A tertiary, modern, small hospital, which is part of the San Javier group of hospitals. The hospital employs 48 physicians in most medical specialties, and provides many services to accomodate private and foreign patients.

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Acromegaly is treated at San Javier Marina Hospital

San Javier Hospital

A 73 bed private, tertiary, full service hospital. San Javier Hospital is affiliated with 3,000 specialized, board certifies physicians, and offers the full range of medical specialties.

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Acromegaly is treated at San Javier Hospital

San Angel Hospital

A small, modern, private hospital, located in the border city of Nuevo Laredo, right across the Texas border. 50% of the patients come from the United States, due to the proximity to the Texas border, and to the easy access by car and by air.

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Acromegaly is treated at San Angel Hospital

Hospital Universitario de San Vicente Fundación

A large tertiary hospital with over 600 beds and over 400 physicians providing medical care in all medical specialties. The international office can assist patients with insurance, accommodation and transportation. Private rooms are available.

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Acromegaly is treated at Hospital Universitario San Vicente

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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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