done it is not enough to diagnose. In a healthy patient it may be five times higher. The test most often used is oral glucose tolerance test. After diagnoses an MRI scan is done to detect the size of tumor causing the overproduction. Treatment options are surgical, medical therapy, and radiation. Surgery is usually the first option due to the fast and effective treatment. However, with all surgeries you should keep in mind the complications that come with it. The main complication can be damage to the surrounding healthy tissue, which in turn means you will need to take hormonal medications. Medical therapy is used when surgery does not fully work. There are 3 main medications used during this treatment. Radiation is used when patient still has some tumor remaining after surgery is done. NORD is one of many organizations that is an advocate for acromegaly. NORD stands for national organization for rare disorders. NORD has a great website that contains information that ranges to patients and families, patient organization industry, clinicians and researchers, advocate, and how to get involved. They also have a large database of more than 1200 diseases. As well as patient assistance program to assist with medications. The most important thing to remember is that acromegaly is a hormonal disorder that is an over growth hormone. A tumor is usually common during this. A few common features are protruding lower jaw or brow, enlargement of nasal bone, thick/ coarse/ oily skin, and enlargement of lips, nose, and tongue. It can also cause sleep apnea, fatigue, and impaired vision. The first treatment is usually surgical removal.
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