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How is acromegaly diagnosed?

Because the physical changes caused by acromegaly happen gradually, diagnosis usually occurs many years after the symptoms first begin. Doctors may examine photographs and x-rays taken over time to check bone growth, looking to see if there is a thickening of the bones in the skull and fingers. Blood tests are used to determine if there are high levels of growth hormone and a protein called insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1), and scans such as the magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or the computed tomography (CT) can spot tumors on the pituitary gland that cause acromegaly.

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How common is acromegaly?
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What is acromegaly?
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Is acromegaly life threatening?
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