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To diagnose and monitor your acromegaly, your doctor might take blood samples and test them for the presence of growth hormone (GH) and insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1). In acromegaly, the tumor as well as the pituitary secretes growth hormone, creating abnormal levels of GH. The liver may also start producing high levels of IGF-1. The combination of these factors causes the symptoms of acromegaly. Testing hormone levels in the blood several times a year helps your doctor monitor your disease. Although information about a rare disease can be difficult to find, this site offers you the information you need to begin understanding acromegaly.

What to expect during diagnosis

Once you have been diagnosed, you should make a commitment to keep all of your medical appointments so that monitoring can be done regularly and therapy can be administered effectively.

These are some of the steps your doctor may take to determine if you have acromegaly and may continue to use to monitor you after diagnosis:

agnosis of Acromegaly Using IGF-1 and GH Levels

*Your health care provider may recommend other types of treatment.

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