Diagnosis and treatment of acromegaly

T. A. Maugans, M. L. Coates

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Abstract

Acromegaly is a clinical syndrome that most typically is the manifestation of adenomatous hyperplasia of growth hormone-secreting cells in the pituitary gland. Although the primary process is benign, many disfiguring and potentially serious complications can develop. Because of the slow evolution of signs and symptoms, acromegaly can be a diagnostic challenge. Furthermore, many common diseases, such as hypertension, diabetes mellitus and hyperlipidemia, occur secondary to acromegaly but may initially be treated as isolated primary processes. Systematic evaluation should be performed if acromegaly is suspected. The diagnosis is based on clinical observation, hormonal assays and selective radiologic imaging. Acromegaly is most often treated surgically, but radiotherapy and drug therapy can be effective alternatives.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)207-213
Number of pages7
JournalAmerican family physician
Volume52
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 1995
Externally publishedYes

Fingerprint

Acromegaly
Therapeutics
Pituitary Gland
Hyperlipidemias
Growth Hormone
Signs and Symptoms
Hyperplasia
Diabetes Mellitus
Radiotherapy
Observation
Hypertension
Drug Therapy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Family Practice

Cite this

Diagnosis and treatment of acromegaly. / Maugans, T. A.; Coates, M. L.

In: American family physician, Vol. 52, No. 1, 01.01.1995, p. 207-213.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Maugans, TA & Coates, ML 1995, 'Diagnosis and treatment of acromegaly', American family physician, vol. 52, no. 1, pp. 207-213.
Maugans, T. A. ; Coates, M. L. / Diagnosis and treatment of acromegaly. In: American family physician. 1995 ; Vol. 52, No. 1. pp. 207-213.
@article{81602fdde05444f88711d00802671f48,
title = "Diagnosis and treatment of acromegaly",
abstract = "Acromegaly is a clinical syndrome that most typically is the manifestation of adenomatous hyperplasia of growth hormone-secreting cells in the pituitary gland. Although the primary process is benign, many disfiguring and potentially serious complications can develop. Because of the slow evolution of signs and symptoms, acromegaly can be a diagnostic challenge. Furthermore, many common diseases, such as hypertension, diabetes mellitus and hyperlipidemia, occur secondary to acromegaly but may initially be treated as isolated primary processes. Systematic evaluation should be performed if acromegaly is suspected. The diagnosis is based on clinical observation, hormonal assays and selective radiologic imaging. Acromegaly is most often treated surgically, but radiotherapy and drug therapy can be effective alternatives.",
author = "Maugans, {T. A.} and Coates, {M. L.}",
year = "1995",
month = "1",
day = "1",
language = "English (US)",
volume = "52",
pages = "207--213",
journal = "American Family Physician",
issn = "0002-838X",
publisher = "American Academy of Family Physicians",
number = "1",

}

TY - JOUR

T1 - Diagnosis and treatment of acromegaly

AU - Maugans, T. A.

AU - Coates, M. L.

PY - 1995/1/1

Y1 - 1995/1/1

N2 - Acromegaly is a clinical syndrome that most typically is the manifestation of adenomatous hyperplasia of growth hormone-secreting cells in the pituitary gland. Although the primary process is benign, many disfiguring and potentially serious complications can develop. Because of the slow evolution of signs and symptoms, acromegaly can be a diagnostic challenge. Furthermore, many common diseases, such as hypertension, diabetes mellitus and hyperlipidemia, occur secondary to acromegaly but may initially be treated as isolated primary processes. Systematic evaluation should be performed if acromegaly is suspected. The diagnosis is based on clinical observation, hormonal assays and selective radiologic imaging. Acromegaly is most often treated surgically, but radiotherapy and drug therapy can be effective alternatives.

AB - Acromegaly is a clinical syndrome that most typically is the manifestation of adenomatous hyperplasia of growth hormone-secreting cells in the pituitary gland. Although the primary process is benign, many disfiguring and potentially serious complications can develop. Because of the slow evolution of signs and symptoms, acromegaly can be a diagnostic challenge. Furthermore, many common diseases, such as hypertension, diabetes mellitus and hyperlipidemia, occur secondary to acromegaly but may initially be treated as isolated primary processes. Systematic evaluation should be performed if acromegaly is suspected. The diagnosis is based on clinical observation, hormonal assays and selective radiologic imaging. Acromegaly is most often treated surgically, but radiotherapy and drug therapy can be effective alternatives.

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=0029026186&partnerID=8YFLogxK

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/citedby.url?scp=0029026186&partnerID=8YFLogxK

M3 - Review article

C2 - 7604764

AN - SCOPUS:0029026186

VL - 52

SP - 207

EP - 213

JO - American Family Physician

JF - American Family Physician

SN - 0002-838X

IS - 1

ER -