Collaborative Acromegaly
Disease Management:
An Interdisciplinary Effort

The earliest signs of acromegaly may be identified by any number of healthcare specialists—from a dentist noticing teeth separation to a neurologist treating a patient for chronic headaches or sleep apnea.1 With the wide range of potentially unrelated symptoms and concomitant conditions associated with acromegaly, effective management relies on the early detection and collaboration of various specialties.2

Consider the following parameters for working as a team:

Prior to diagnosis

  • Be familiar with how acromegaly manifests and know the symptoms that are relevant to your specialty, as the signs of this disease can be easily attributed to other conditions
  • If you suspect a patient may be showing signs or symptoms of acromegaly, recommend an endocrinologist who can ensure the appropriate diagnostics are undertaken

Following diagnosis

  • If you have a patient who is diagnosed with acromegaly, connect with his or her lead physician—usually an endocrinologist—and coordinate your treatment plans to make sure they are complementary
  • Share all healthcare information (as permitted by your patient) with the other healthcare professionals involved in your patient's care to be sure everyone is communicating openly and to ensure effective management of all concomitant conditions

Post-surgery

Even after initial successful surgery that normalized growth hormone (GH) and insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1), the tumor can return, so constant monitoring is essential for effective long-term care.3

During treatment

  • Collaborating with the other members of your patient's healthcare team may involve reaching out to share information over time—building relationships with other specialists can help you all work together to manage acromegaly effectively
References:
Vilar L, Vilar CF, Lyra R, Lyra R, Naves LA. Acromegaly: clinical features at diagnosis. Pituitary. 2017;20(1):22-32.
Katznelson L, Laws ER Jr, Melmed S, et al. Acromegaly: an Endocrine Society clinical practice guideline. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2014;99(11):3933-3951.
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. Acromegaly. https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/endocrine-diseases/acromegaly#treatment. Accessed April 27, 2017.
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