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Academic Hospital Neuperlach Munich

9.8/10 from 11 Votes

The Neuperlach Clinic is a modern medical facility with a high level of service. The clinic has high-tech modern equipment, making it one of the best hospitals not only in Germany but also in Europe. There are comfortable single and double rooms with shower and toilet, TV, telephone and radio.

Diagnosis of acromegaly
3808
location_onCountry: Germany
location_searchingCity: Munich
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University Hospital of the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich (LMU)

9.2/10 from 40 Votes

The Hospital of the Ludwig-Maximilians-University (LMU) Munich is a center of high-end medicine, medical innovation and medical and technical progress, which enables an individual and safe patient care.

Diagnosis of acromegaly
4351
Surgical treatment of acromegaly by resection of pituitary adenom
19714
location_onCountry: Germany
location_searchingCity: Munich
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University Hospital Rechts der Isar of the Munich Technical University

10/10 from 70 Votes

The Rechts der Isar Hospital is the University Hospital of the Technical University of Munich. There is intensive cooperation between the research facilities of the TU and the hospital in numbers of areas.

Diagnosis of acromegaly
4409
Surgical treatment of acromegaly by resection of pituitary adenom
20092
location_onCountry: Germany
location_searchingCity: Munich
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HELIOS Clinic Krefeld

9.7/10 from 38 Votes

Founded in 2014, the HELIOS Clinic Krefeld is one of the most modern medical facilities in Germany today. A team of highly qualified specialists, innovative medical equipment and comfortable accommodation conditions – the clinic has everything to make the treatment run smoothly and efficiently.

Diagnosis of acromegaly
3745
Surgical treatment of acromegaly by resection of pituitary adenom
16806
location_onCountry: Germany
location_searchingCity: Krefeld

Vivantes Neukölln Hospital Berlin

10/10 from 23 Votes

The Vivantes Neukölln Hospital is the maximum care hospital and one of the largest healthcare facilities in Berlin.   There are more than 20 specialized departments and centers, including pediatric departments. In total, the hospital has 1,200 beds.

Surgical treatment of acromegaly by resection of pituitary adenom
19897
location_onCountry: Germany
location_searchingCity: Berlin

PAN Clinic Cologne

9/10 from 14 Votes

The PAN Clinic has gained universal recognition due to highly professional doctors and their responsive and careful approach to the treatment.  A team of experienced doctors specialized in 25 medical focuses takes care of the patients' health.

Diagnosis of acromegaly
3970
location_onCountry: Germany
location_searchingCity: Cologne
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University Hospital Cologne

9.8/10 from 82 Votes

The University Hospital Cologne is included in the Focus magazine rating of top German hospitals 2017 and offers patients first-class medical care meeting the latest medical advancements.

Diagnosis of acromegaly
2975
Surgical treatment of acromegaly by resection of pituitary adenom
15893
location_onCountry: Germany
location_searchingCity: Cologne
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Academic Hospital Sachsenhausen Frankfurt am Main

10/10 from 23 Votes

The Academic Hospital Sachsenhausen at the Goethe University Frankfurt was founded in 1985 by the world-famous professor Dr. Carl von Noorden and Dr. Edouard Lampe. At that time it was Germany's first medical institution specializing in the treatment of diabetes.

Diagnosis of acromegaly
2964
location_onCountry: Germany
location_searchingCity: Frankfurt am Main

University Hospital Frankfurt am Main

10/10 from 97 Votes

The University Hospital Frankfurt is part of the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University Frankfurt am Main. The hospital was founded in 1914 and today it is a famous German medical institution with rich traditions. The hospital treats about 49,000 inpatients and 220,000 outpatients every year.

Diagnosis of acromegaly
3988
Surgical treatment of acromegaly by resection of pituitary adenom
17938
location_onCountry: Germany
location_searchingCity: Frankfurt am Main
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University Hospital Muenster

9.8/10 from 78 Votes

The University Hospital Muenster is one of the most respected multi-field medical centers in Germany. It consists of more than 30 departments and numerous research institutes and centers. Every year over 58,000 inpatients are treated here and nearly 475,000 patients receive medical care on the outpatient basis.

Diagnosis of acromegaly
3967
Surgical treatment of acromegaly by resection of pituitary adenom
18016
location_onCountry: Germany
location_searchingCity: Muenster
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Vivantes Humboldt Hospital Berlin

9.7/10 from 23 Votes

An academic clinic of the university medical complex Charité, the Vivantes Humboldt Hospital is one of the largest specialized medical institutions in Berlin.

Diagnosis of acromegaly
4290
location_onCountry: Germany
location_searchingCity: Berlin

Academic Hospital Bogenhausen Munich

9.2/10 from 43 Votes

With more than 36,000 patients annually and 1,000 beds, the Academic Hospital Bogenhausen is one of the largest clinics in Munich.

Diagnosis of acromegaly
3877
Surgical treatment of acromegaly by resection of pituitary adenom
18188
location_onCountry: Germany
location_searchingCity: Munich

Academic Hospital Schwabing Munich

8.5/10 from 7 Votes

The Schwabing Clinic is a modern medical facility with a high level of service. The clinic has high-tech modern equipment, making it one of the best hospitals not only in Germany but also in Europe. There are comfortable single and double rooms with shower and toilet, TV, telephone and radio.

Diagnosis of acromegaly
3767
Surgical treatment of acromegaly by resection of pituitary adenom
16786
location_onCountry: Germany
location_searchingCity: Munich

Preventicum Diagnostic Сlinic Essen

10/10 from 1 Votes

The Preventicum Diagnostic Clinic has been intensively working over the years to become one of the leading medical excellence centres in Germany.

Diagnosis of acromegaly
4380
location_onCountry: Germany
location_searchingCity: Essen

ATOS Clinic Heidelberg

10/10 from 23 Votes

Founded in 1991, the ATOS Clinic Heidelberg combines top-quality service and cutting-edge medicine. It keeps track of the latest scientific developments and contributes to the development of new treatments.

Diagnosis of acromegaly
5935
location_onCountry: Germany
location_searchingCity: Heidelberg

Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center

9.9/10 from 23 Votes

The Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center (Ichilov) is the second largest and one of the most advanced healthcare and research institutions in Israel. Founded in 1961, it still enjoys popularity among the local population and draws thousands of international patients.

Diagnosis of acromegaly
0.00
Surgical treatment of acromegaly by resection of pituitary adenom
0.00
location_onCountry: Israel
location_searchingCity: Tel Aviv

About the disease

Acromegaly is a condition that causes bones and organs start to grow abnormally and exceed their normal size. Acromegaly develops when there is excessive production of the growth regulatory hormone. As a result, teenagers can grow to abnormal heights. Most commonly, acromegaly affects the face, legs and arms.

The growth hormone is produced in the pituitary gland. According to the National Institute of Health, over 95% of adults and teenagers with acromegaly have a benign tumor of the brain, which has affected and damaged the pituitary gland. This kind of tumor is also known as an adenoma. It is a very common type of tumor, affecting approximately 17% of the world’s population. Adenomas are not usually dangerous and do not cause acromegaly. Acromegaly is most common in people who have already reached puberty. It develops gradually and some months may pass before a sufferer notices changes in their height. Middle-aged people are most at risk of developing this condition if they have adenoma in the brain, which is why they should be observed by the doctor regularly.  

Symptoms

  • Joints become enlarged and look abnormal for the age of a teenager
  • Shoe size changes too rapidly
  • Excessive hair growth
  • Unexpected growth spurs
  • Weight gain
  • Uncommon hormonal changes
  • Abnormal sweating
  • Swollen joints

Diagnosis

  • A blood test can determine the amount of growth hormone is present in the patient’s bloodstream. They may also be asked to drink a small amount of glucose, which normally suppresses the amount of growth hormone in the blood. In people with acromegaly, however, the glucose intake has no effect and the amount of growth hormone in the blood stays high.
  • An X-ray of various joints can establish whether the patient’s bones have become abnormal in size. The X-ray needs to be done repeatedly over a period of time in order to see continuous changes in bone size.
  • MRI and CT scans can be used to examine the patient’s soft tissue and inner organs to see if they have also grown abnormally. It is important to determine this, because an enlarged heart, liver or kidneys can be a dangerous condition in itself and would need to be treated immediately. Scans are also used for the diagnosis of adenomas in the brain.

Treatment

  • Surgical treatment includes the resection of pituitary adenomas, which put pressure on the pituitary gland and cause it to produce too much growth hormone. In most cases, surgery is successful.
  • Radiation therapy is required if sections of the tumor remain after surgical resection.
  • Medication to shrink the tumor is prescribed if surgery was unsuccessful. Special drugs are used that avoid affecting the pituitary gland. 



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