Acromegaly

Acromegaly Treatment in Southern California

Acromagly is an uncommon hormonal disorder that occurs when the pituitary gland releases too much growth hormone. Signs of acromegaly vary but generally an increase in bone size, espcially in limbs and face, is the first sign.

When a tumor grows within the pituitary gland, the pituitary excessively releases a growth hormone causing another hormone to in the liver to be released. These hormones together are the cause of acromegaly.

If you have acromegaly, the most common symptoms that you will experience are related to slow physical body changes:

  • Enlarged hands and feet
  • Growing facial changes
  • Headaches
  • Impaired vision
  • Muscle weakness
  • Enlarged organs
  • Acromegaly is diagnosed by gathering a blood sample to test for levels of the two growth hormomes. It may be recommoneded that MRIs and CT scans are completed to clearly show the size and location of a tumor. A growth hormone supression test will also be conducted to look at levels of horomones.

    Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) – MRI shows the soft tissues of the body and gives clearer picture of the skull base and spine.
    Computerized Tomography (CT Scan)- Combined CT scan and myleography produces image that clearly show both the bone structures of the spine and the nerve structures

    Each acromegaly patient is different. Factors that impact the course of treatment and outcome are patient’s overall health condition, age, gender, tumor location and size. The best treatment for acromegaly is surgical removal. At ONE® Brain & Spine Center® your Southern California neurosurgeons performs minimally invasive procedures to surgically remove the tumor.

    Medication and radiation are other treatments to help contain acromegaly. Medication will reduce growth hormones from occuring while radiation will kill any remaining tumor cells.

    Minimally Invasive Surgical Treatments

    • Endoscopic Transsphenoidal Surgery- The endoscopic transsphenoidal surgical procedure uses a light called endoscope inserted into the nostril and sphenoid sinus to access and remove pituitary tumors. The term transsphenoidal literally means “through the sphenoid sinus.”

    Offering the latest in innovative, minimally invasive spine procedures and orthopedic care in Southern California, the team at ONE® Brain & Spine Center® is focused on helping our patients live the best life possible while making informed decisions about their healthcare. Call (949) 383-4190 or Contact Us today for an appointment.