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  • J Clin Exp Pathol 2017, Vol 8(1): 337
  • DOI: 10.4172/2161-0681.1000337

Acromegaly: Current Challenges and Future Directions in Latin America

Enrique Lopez Gavilanez1*, Noemi Bautista Litardo2, Mario Hernández Bonilla1, Manuel Navarro Chavez3, Hamilton Abad Gualpa3, Angel Segale Bajana4, Kempis Guerrero Franco4, Narcisa Solorzano Romero3, Luis Vaca Burbano5 and Angelo Caputi Zúñiga4
1Endocrinology Service, Teaching Hospital National Police 2, , Guayaquil, Ecuador
2Endocrinology Service, Kennedy Alborada Clinical Hospital, , Guayaquil, Ecuador
3Endocrinology Service, Omni Hospital, , Guayaquil, Ecuador
4Internal Medicine Service, Teaching Hospital National Police 2, , Guayaquil, Ecuador
5Neurosurgery Service, Teaching Hospital National Police 2, , Guayaquil, Ecuador
*Corresponding Author : Dr. Enrique Lopez Gavilanez, Endocrinology Service, Teaching Hospital of the National Police Guayaquil 2, Avenue of the Americas S/N and E. Noboa, Guayaquil, CP: EC090150, Ecuador, Email: [email protected]

Received Date: Jan 25, 2018 / Accepted Date: Feb 07, 2018 / Published Date: Feb 12, 2018


Acromegaly is a rare disease, associated with significant morbidity and high mortality. The international literature provides different figures on the epidemiology of acromegaly in different populations, mainly in Europe and US. However, there are few studies that address its epidemiology in Latin America. The creation, starting in the 1990s, of national acromegaly registries in developed countries has stimulated the need to create them in our region, being Mexico the only country that has developed a national Registry. The clinical and biochemical characterization of patients with acromegaly in our region does not seem to be different from that described in the international literature; however, population studies are necessary to establish the epidemiological trends in Latin America.

Keywords: Acromegaly; Epidemiology; Incidence; Prevalence; Latin America; Ecuador

Citation: Gavilanez EL, Litardo NB, Bonilla MH, Chavez MN, Gualpa HA, et al. (2018) Acromegaly: Current Challenges and Future Directions in Latin America. J Clin Exp Pathol 8: 337. Doi: 10.4172/2161-0681.1000337

Copyright: ©2018 Gavilanez EL, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

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