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Acromegaly: an early diagnosis may improve outcomes

Monique Costin, Ann McCormack

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Abstract

Acromegaly often presents insidiously, remaining undiagnosed for many years. Earlier diagnosis and effective treatment are important to minimise disease-associated morbidity and mortality.

Key Points

  • Acromegaly is commonly associated with a delayed diagnosis.
  • Patients with acromegaly have significant disease-associated morbidity and mortality, particularly respiratory, cardiovascular, musculoskeletal and metabolic complications.
  • Patients with acromegaly should be managed within a centre where there is a multidisciplinary team available.
  • Good biochemical control and regular screening for complications are important long-term goals in the management of patients with acromegaly.

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