Acromegaly is a rare, chronic endocrine disorder characterized by the excessive secretion of growth hormone (GH) and insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1). In a recent U.S. study examining healthcare insurance claims, data showed that in the U.S. these rates are higher than rest of world, with approximately 3,000 new cases of acromegaly diagnosed per year.
Acromegaly is associated with increased morbidity and mortality; if not properly treated, patients with acromegaly experience a mortality risk 2 to 4 times greater than that of the general population. Cardiovascular (CV) comorbidities associated with acromegaly, are the main contributors to acromegaly-related mortality; additionally, associated respiratory diseases, account for up to 25% of acromegaly-related deaths.
This 30-minute course is designed to improve your competence and skill in identifying acromegaly in order to provide appropriate treatment for your patients. By incorporating the recommendations made in this activity the practitioner will be able to recommend and deliver treatment accordingly. Increasing the skill level of a wide range of clinicians, to the treatment of acromegaly will lead to improvement in patients’ long-term health risks.
- Identify the early signs, symptoms and comorbidities that indicate a patient should be tested for acromegaly
- Employ clinical practice guidelines for the management of acromegaly and its comorbidities
- Consider the current surgical, medical, and imaging treatment options for acromegaly
This activity is supported by an independent educational grant from Pfizer Inc.
Accreditation and Credits
The American College of Endocrinology is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
The American College of Endocrinology designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Maintenance of Certification
Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 1.00 MOC points in the American Board of Internal Medicine’s (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. It is the CME activity provider’s responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABIM MOC credit. Only those who receive a passing score will be eligible for MOC credit. Please allow two weeks for MOC points to appear within your account on the ABIM website. Participation information will be shared with the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) through the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) Program and Activity Reporting System (PARS).