The role of growth hormone-receptor antagonism in relation to acromegaly
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Colleges, School and Institutes
Acromegaly is a rare but disabling condition associated with reduced life expectancy. It is caused almost invariably by a growth hormone-secreting pituitary adenoma. Transsphenoidal surgery and/or radiotherapy are still considered to be the treatment of choice, but despite recent advances in both these forms of treatment, the overall surgical cure rate remains similar to 60%, and radiotherapy is characterised by delayed effect and a high incidence of hypopituitarism. Medical therapy in the form of dopamine agonists and somatostatin analogues has traditionally been used as an adjunct to surgery and/or radiotherapy, but is increasingly being used as first line therapy in the treatment of acromegaly. Recently, a third form of medical therapy, the growth hormone receptor antagonist, pegvisomant, has been licensed for use in acromegaly. This article examines the design, properties, clinical efficacy and safety of pegvisomant.
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||Expert Opinion on Pharmacotherapy|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Nov 2004|