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Title: The place of medical treatment of acromegaly: current status and perspectives
Authors: JALLAD, Raquel S.BRONSTEIN, Marcello D.
Citation: EXPERT OPINION ON PHARMACOTHERAPY, v.14, n.8, p.1001-1015, 2013
Abstract: Introduction: Acromegaly is characterized by elevated growth hormone (GH) and insulin-like growth factor-I (IGF-I) levels and by progressive somatic disfigurement and systemic manifestations, which lead to a mortality rate higher than the general population. Therefore, diagnosis and properly treatment should be performed as soon as possible. Areas covered: This article focuses on the state of the art of acromegaly medical treatment. Somatostatin analogs, dopamine agonists and GH receptor antagonist were reviewed. Somatostatin analogs, the first-choice pharmacotherapy, can be used as primary or pre-operative treatment or as secondary therapy after failed surgery. Dopamine agonists have been used in patients with slightly elevated hormone levels and/or mixed GH/prolactin adenomas. Pegvisomant is indicated for resistant to somatostatin analogs/dopamine agonists. Combined treatment is also an option for resistant cases. Other non-conventional therapies and perspectives of treatment were also been discussed. Expert opinion: The control of disease activity in acromegaly is of paramount importance. Medical treatment is an important option for cases in which surgery was unsuccessful or not indicated. Despite the achievements in medical treatment, somatotropic tumor aggressiveness and/or resistance to the drugs currently available remain a concern. Therefore, novel therapy targets based on molecular pathogenesis of GH-secreting tumors are currently in development, aiming at fulfilling this important gap.
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