Often, the goal is to treat and control the secondary diseases that develop following prolonged growth hormone hypersecretion (e.g., diabetes mellitus, heart failure, and kidney failure). However, there have been some successful attempts at treating the acromegaly.
In one study, for example, cobalt radiotherapy was used in which six out of seven acromegalic cats showed permanent or temporary resolution of insulin resistance following therapy. In another case, the surgical removal of the pituary tumor by freezing (cryohypophysectomy) also showed success. The cat slowly regained normal plasma somatomedin C levels and the diabetes mellitus resolved after two months.
Consult your veterinarian for the best course of treatment for your animal.
Living and Management
Your veterinarian will schedule follow-up appointments with you to treat your pet's secondary complications, as necessary. Unfortunately, cats are usually euthanized or die because of complications associated with congestive heart failure, kidney failure, and/or progressive central nervous system signs (seizures, etc.). Reported survival times following diagnosis range from 4 to 42 months, with a median of 20 months.
A medical condition involving excessive thirst
Excessive eating or swallowing
An in-depth examination of the properties of urine; used to determine the presence or absence of illness
The gland that is found at the bottom of the brain whose job is to maintain appropriate levels of hormones in the blood
Term used to refer to the front of the pituitary gland; can be found at the bottom of the brain and is responsible for the secretion of certain hormones that deal with growth and other bodily functions.
The hormones that stimulate growth of the body
A hormone created by the pancreas that helps to regulate the flow of glucose
In veterinary terms, used to refer to the front of the body.