This website is intended for an international audience, excluding the United States, Canada and France
This website is intended for an international audience, excluding the United States, Canada and France

How does asking about my medical history help?

As the symptoms and signs of acromegaly may not always be immediately apparent you may be asked several questions about your general health.

This might include asking about your family history of high blood pressure, and heart disease and other endocrine conditions such as diabetes.

This is because acromegaly may be associated with a number of other conditions – such as hypertension, sleep apnoea, and carpal tunnel syndrome to name three – which might be recognised first before there is a definite clue that you have an endocrine disorder.

Although most cases of acromegaly are not hereditary, you may also be asked about your family’s medical history, such as if there is a family history of heart disease or diabetes, as this could impact your overall health as well.

What happens during a physical examination?

During a physical examination your doctor will take a close look at your body and overall health generally.

Routine things that would be checked include your height, weight, your blood pressure and heart rate.

You may be asked to lie down do that the doctor can feel your abdomen or other parts of your body to check for anything unusual that might be causing you trouble.

If you have noticed the start of any physical changes that you suspect might be due to acromegaly, such as heavy or prominent facial features or changes in the size of your feet or hands, it might help your doctor if you take along a series of photographs of yourself over the years to your appointment to show for comparison.

Rate this content

Rating: 5.0/5. From 1 vote.
Please wait...

Find out more about acromegaly

Learn about acromegaly

Learn about acromegaly including what causes this slowly evolving condition, and the early signs and symptoms

Learn about acromegaly

Treating acromegaly

Read about acromegaly treatment options, including surgery, medications and radiotherapy, and the goals of therapy

Treating acromegaly

Acromegaly FAQs

Read and hear answers to some common questions that patients with acromegaly have asked

View FAQs
We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. Click here for more information.
Ipsen
Please always consult a healthcare professional if you require healthcare advice or if you have any specific concerns regarding your acromegaly, its treatment or side effects. The information provided here is not intended to replace professional advice. This website has been developed by Ipsen in collaboration with those living with acromegaly and the healthcare professionals who care for them. Ipsen would like to thank everyone for their valuable insights and stories. All names used on this website are not necessarily real names. Visit our website for more information about us, or to contact us directly. Website design and development by Kanga Health Ltd. Website reference SOM-ALL-000556