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How is acromegaly diagnosed?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

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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