Roberto Salvatori, MD, Medical Director, Johns Hopkins Pituitary Center and Professor of Medicine at Johns Hopkins discusses acromegaly guidelines and treatment options, which include surgical removal of the adenoma, radiotherapy, or pharmacological reduction of growth hormone (GH) levels by dopamine agonists or somatostatin analogs.
Acromegaly is a rare disorder that occurs when your body makes too much growth hormone. Produced mainly in the pituitary gland, growth hormone controls the physical growth of the body. In adults, too much of this hormone causes bones, cartilage, body organs, and other tissues to increase in size. Common changes in appearance include enlarged or swollen nose, ears, hands, and feet.
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