Acromegaly

Acromegaly is a hormonal disorder that results when the pituitary gland produces excess growth hormone (GH). It commonly affects middle-aged adults. Once recognized, acromegaly is treatable in most patients, but because of its slow and often insidious onset, it frequently is not diagnosed correctly.

The name acromegaly comes from the Greek words for “extremities” and “enlargement” and reflects one of its most common symptoms, the abnormal growth of the hands and feet.

Causes and Symptoms

In most cases of acromegaly, the excess production of growth hormone is caused by a tumour in the pituitary gland. These are usually adenomas, a type of tumour that arises from gland cells. Adenomas are not malignant–meaning they do not spread to other organs. A pituitary adenoma is usually confined to the pituitary gland and can be surgically removed.

It is not clear what causes pituitary tumours to form. This condition is not hereditary.

Symptoms due to pressure on surrounding tissues because of the tumour –

  1. Headaches and partial loss of vision are the most common symptoms.
  2. Partial loss of vision may occur in one or both eyes.
  3. Pituitary tumours also can damage the pituitary gland itself, disrupting hormone production. The resulting hormone imbalances are responsible for symptoms such as impotence, low sex drive, and changes in the menstrual cycle.

Symptoms due to excess growth hormone may cause the following –

  1. Swelling of hands and feet
  2. Increased sweating
  3. Coarsening or thickening of facial features, especially the nose
  4. Increased prominence of jaw and/or forehead
  5. Thickened skin, especially on palms of hands or soles of feet
  6. Oily skin or acne
  7. Swelling of tongue
  8. Thickening or swelling of the neck
  9. Arthritis
  10. Difficulty breathing during sleep, causing poor sleep and excessive sleepiness during the day
  11. Pain, numbness, tingling, or weakness in hands and wrists (carpal tunnel syndrome)
  12. New overbite, underbite, or spreading out of teeth
  13. Large numbers of skin tags
Diagnosis and Treatment

Due to the subtlety of the symptoms, acromegaly is often not diagnosed until years later. In addition to a complete medical history and medical examination, diagnostic procedures for acromegaly may include:

  • Serial photos taken over the years (to observe physical changes in the patient)
  • X-rays (to detect bone thickening)
  • Blood tests (to check the growth hormone level)

Treatment of acromegaly depends on the cause of the disease. Most acromegaly cases are caused by benign tumours on the pituitary gland. Because the tumour is compressing the pituitary gland, the hormone production can be altered. Some other acromegaly cases are caused by tumours of the pancreas, lungs, or adrenal glands.

The goal of treatment is to restore the pituitary gland to normal function, producing normal levels of growth hormone.

Treatment may include removal of the tumour, radiation therapy, and injection of growth hormone blocking drugs.

Left untreated, acromegaly can lead to worsening diabetes mellitus and hypertension. The disease also increases a patient’s risk for cardiovascular disease and colon polyps that may lead to cancer.

Why Choose CARE?

About the Institute of Endocrinology

The Institute of Endocrinology at CARE Hospitals deals with the diagnosis and treatment of diseases related to hormones. A leader in the treatment and management of endocrine disorders, this departments offers comprehensive diagnosis and treatment for a wide range of hormonal and metabolic disorders. Since CARE Hospitals is a multidisciplinary hospital, the Endocrinology department works collaboratively with other departments such as the department of lab medicine, which enables it to offer a wide array of biochemical investigations and hormone assays.

 Expert team of doctors

The Institute of Endocrinology has an unparalleled team of professionals that works collaboratively with other allied specialities in order to render comprehensive and best in class diagnosis and treatment. CARE Hospitals also prides itself on creating an environment of excellence in academics, diagnosis and treatment, thus ensuring positive clinical outcomes.

 Advanced Technology

The department of endocrinology at CARE Hospitals is one of the best in the country. With access to ultra-modern technology such as radioimmunoassay, radio imaging, nuclear medicine, DEXA scan for assessing bone health, etc, CARE Hospitals ensures the effective diagnosis and treatment of endocrine issues, thus ensuring positive clinical outcomes.

Our Locations

Banjara Hills

The CARE Group’s flagship CARE Hospitals, located in Banjara Hills – a prime location in Hyderabad, was set up in the year 2000. Today, the multispecialty hospital has 435 beds, including 120 critical care beds, with an annual inflow of 1,80,000 outpatients and 16,000 in-patients.

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Road No 1
Banjara Hills
Hyderabad – 500034

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+91-40-30418888
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105711

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Banjara Hills(Outpatient)

The Group’s flagship CARE Hospitals, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad — a super specialty hospital — began patient care delivery at the CARE Outpatient Centre in October 2012. Located in the heart of the city, a km away from the in-patient hospital, it is India’s largest integrated outpatient centre with 65 beds.

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Road No 10
Banjara Hills
Hyderabad – 500034

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+91-40-39310444
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105711

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Nampally

CARE Hospitals, Nampally, Hyderabad, is the first hospital established by the CARE Hospitals Group in 1997. The hospital began as a 100-bed Heart Institute, focusing on cardiac care with a core team of 20 cardiologists, one operating theatre and one catheterization laboratory. The hospital was expanded and upgraded in the year 1998 and again in 2000 and is now a 266 bed facility.

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Exhibition Grounds Road
Nampally
Hyderabad – 500001

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+91-40-30417777
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+91-40-30417777

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Musheerabad

Guru Nanak CARE Hospitals, Musheerabad, Hyderabad, is a 101-bed multispecialty hospital, equipped with the best of both medical staff and infrastructure. With round-the-clock facilities and the best medical expertise, the hospital offers patients specialized care in over 45 specialties.

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1-4-908/7/1
Musheerabad
Hyderabad – 500020

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+040-30219000/9111/9123
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+040-30219000/9111/9123

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Market Street

CARE Hospitals, Secunderabad, was established on 1st June 1998. It has earned the reputation of being the best family hospital in the neighborhood and has treated hundreds of patients successfully over the years.

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Near Clock Tower
Market Street
Secunderabad – 500003

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+91-40-30114500
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+91-40-30114500

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Hi-tech City

The new 275-beds CARE Hospitals near Hi-tech City, is strategically located in Hyderabad’s silicon hub and is one of the most modern facilities in the region. It offers personalized care to the software population in a 3,10,000 sq ft area with 13 floors.

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Old Mumbai Highway
Near Cyberabad Police Commissionerate
Hyderabad-500032

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+91-40-33623500–3999
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1800 108 3999

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Ramnagar

CARE Hospitals, Ramnagar, Visakhapatnam, is an integral part of the CARE Hospitals Group and has been delivering quality healthcare since 1999. It continues to uphold the CARE Group’s mission of providing guidance, care and relief to all patients. Care with compassion and emphasis on putting the patient’s interests above one’s own are the hallmarks of the Group.

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A S Raja Complex
Waltair Main Road, Ramnagar
Visakhapatnam – 530002

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+91-891-3041444
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+91 891 2522622

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Maharanipeta

CARE Hospitals, Visakhapatnam, made a name as a premier Heart Institute after its inception in 1999. On 11th December 2009, the hospital became part of the CARE Hospitals Group, and was re-launched by Mr. N. Sambasiva Rao, Commissioner of Police, Visakhapatnam.

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17-1-1, KGH Road
Maharanipeta
Visakhapatnam – 530002

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+91-0891-3067000
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+91 891 3067044/22

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Railway New Colony

The new CARE Hospitals at Railway New Colony introduces a bouquet of services for residents of the smart city. This is the third CARE Hospitals Group facility in the city. Like the other two hospitals in Vizag, the facility is well designed with comfortable seating arrangements in the OPD.

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43-9-201, SLV Arcade
Opp Sreekanya Theatre
Railway New Colony
Visakhapatnam – 530016

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+91-0891-2554811, 2754811, 2784811
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+91-0891-2554811

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Ramkrishna CARE Hospitals

Ramkrishna CARE Hospitals is the leading corporate multispecialty hospital in Raipur, with 215 beds. The preferred hospital for the people of Chhattisgarh and the adjoining states, Ramkrishna CARE Hospitals strives to integrate new ideas and research with humane care and compassion. With the installation of a cath lab and commencement of cardiothoracic surgery, Ramkrishna CARE Hospitals is set to develop into a centre of cardiovascular care and an institution of excellence in the state of Chhattisgarh.

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Aurobindo Enclave,
Pachpedhi Naka,
Dhamtari Road
Raipur – 492001

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+91-771-3003300/ 1 / 2
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+91 771 3003364 /457/364

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Aditya CARE Hospitals

CARE Hospitals, Bhubaneswar, was inaugurated on 24th September 2007; full-fledged services started from October 2007 onwards. The 98-bed largest, private, multi-superspecialty corporate hospital in the city, it has experienced doctors, well-trained paramedical professionals and state-of-the-art equipment. CARE Hospitals has incorporated the latest techniques in patient care to stay abreast of the changing scenario in medical science while providing quality health care at an affordable price.

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Plot No 329/1929 (P),
Chandrasekharpur
Bhubaneswar – 751016

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+91-674-3053200
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+91 9937299112

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The CARE Hospitals Group’s first greenfield hospital, and its second facility in the city, is now operational at Prachi Enclave, Chandrasekharpur, Bhubaneswar, Odisha. A state-of-the-art multi superspecialty hospital it offers services in the core specialties of Cardiac Sciences, Neuro Sciences, Renal Sciences, Medical and Surgical Gastroenterology and Orthopedics, as well as high-end Critical Care and Emergency medicine and all major specialties.

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Plot No. 324, Unit No. 42,
Prachi Enclave , Chandrasekharpur,
Bhubaneswar – 751016

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0674-3021999
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+91-7077711777

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Nagpur

CARE Hospitals, Nagpur, has been acclaimed as a hospital par excellence for its contribution to healthcare in Nagpur city and the surrounding regions. This 105-bed hospital, commissioned on 19 November 2006, has earned a reputation for being the best provider of quality healthcare of international standards at affordable rates.

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3 Farmland, Panchsheel Square
Ramdaspeth, Wardha Road
Nagpur – 440012

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+91-712-3982222
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+91 9423623456

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Galaxy CARE Hospitals

Galaxy CARE was recently upgraded to a multispecialty 125-bed facility. New services such as a Cath Lab have been added. The Laboratory, General Ward and Endocrinology Departments have come up on an entirely new fourth floor. With its modern infrastructure and vibrant colours that are more than matched by the energy and enthusiasm of the team.

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25-A Karve Road
Pune – 411004

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+91-20-30244100
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+91 20 30244100/2/3

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