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Acromegaly: A Pop Quiz

Poll

Acromegaly was diagnosed in a 36-year-old woman who presented with loss of vision in the right eye that had initially involved the peripheral field. Which statement about acromegaly is NOT true?

Acromegaly was diagnosed in a 36-year-old woman who presented with loss of vision in the right eye that had initially involved the peripheral field. MRI scans of the brain revealed a 6 × 6 × 4-cm sellar mass with suprasellar and parasellar extension encasing the right cavernous sinus and carotid artery.

Which statement about acromegaly is NOT true?

A. Excess growth hormone production from the pituitary gland as a result of a functional adenoma is the most common cause.
B. It remains undiagnosed for up to 10 years on average.
C. The diagnostic test of choice is an oral glucose tolerance test.
D. End-organ manifestations (eg, arthropathy, cranial nerve palsies, diabetes) contribute to overall mortality increase.
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