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Surgery is the first treatment used for most people with excess growth hormone, regardless of the cause. Surgery brings about remission in some people, but not in all. People who are in remission after surgery usually need no further treatment.
Acromegaly is a lifelong disease. Drug or radiation therapy typically goes on for several years. Even after successful therapy, you will need to see your health care provider regularly to have your levels of growth hormone and IGF-1checked.
There is no known way to prevent acromegaly. Early detection is the best hope of preventing severe symptoms and complications.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/23/2015
Hasnain M Khandwala, MD, FRCPC
Arthur B Chausmer, MD, PhD, FACP, FACE, FACN, CNS
Francisco Talavera, PharmD, PhD
George T Griffing, MD
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