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Diagnosing acromegaly

To find out if you have acromegaly, your doctor may perform one or more tests. These may include:

  • A blood test for IGF-I levels

This is the first test for acromegaly. High IGF-I levels are almost always due to acromegaly.

  • A blood test for GH levels

A series of blood samples are taken over several hours. This test requires avoiding food overnight, skipping breakfast, and drinking a glucose (sugar) solution in the morning.

  • A magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan of the head

If there is reason to believe there is a benign tumor in the pituitary gland, this test will help your doctor see and measure the tumor.

When I was first diagnosed, I didn’t have any support.

I had never heard of acromegaly before then…I didn’t know what was going to happen.”

–Jenifer, a patient with acromegaly

Actual acromegaly patient.