A 56-year-old acromegalic patient was treated with conventional radiotherapy. One year after treatment, the patient's growth hormone level was normal and remained so for a full year. Subsequently, the growth hormone level returned to the pretreatment, acromegalic range. The attainment of a normal growth hormone level after treatment of acromegaly is no assurance that the level will remain normal. Repeated growth hormone level determinations are necessary before cure can be considered permanent.
(Arch Intern Med 137:808-809, 1977)