Diagnosis of Acromegaly
In diagnosis of acromegaly, the physician will first collect information regarding symptoms and medical history of the patient, including the type of tumor suffered, changes in body structure, and medication that is being undertaken.
After that will be done further examination to confirm the diagnosis, such as:
- Blood test. There are 2 blood tests that can be done, namely the measurement of GH and IGF-I levels to determine the amount of hormone produced, and growth hormone suppression test to see the changes and responses of GH levels to glucose.
- Scanning. CT scans and MRI are commonly used to check the accuracy of tumor sites in the pituitary gland or other organs. X-rays can also be performed to check bone density and size.