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How does prolactinoma affect pregnancy?

How does prolactinoma affect pregnancy?

Prolactinoma: A prolactinoma is a tumor of the pituitary gland and part of the hormonal regulation in the human body. If you have a prolactinoma with high secretion of the prolactin this can definitely prevent a pregnancy from occurring. You would need to see an hormone specialist for evaluation and drug treatment or if the lesion is large then a neurosurgeon for possible surgical resection. ...Read more

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Dr. Lynne Weixel
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I've had an untreated prolactinoma for about 3 yrs and just found out i'm six weeks pregnant. In what ways, if any, will this affect my pregnancy?

I've had an untreated prolactinoma for about 3 yrs and just found out i'm six weeks pregnant. In what ways, if any, will this affect my pregnancy?

Carefully monitor: This is definitely something to bring up with your OB doc, if you haven't already. They may want you to see an endocrinologist. There are many issues to consider. If the prolactinoma was small, you will probably be ok. But the pituitary will get bigger during pregnancy; beware of headaches, visual changes, vomiting, signs of a mass. If necessary, bromocriptine can be used during pregnancy. ...Read more

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Im4 months pregnant and due to a prolactinoma my dr told me to take bromocriptine during pregnancy.i want a 2nd opinion.is it realy safe for baby n me?

Prolactinoma: It is a category B drug which means it is generally considered safe in pregnancy. But only for use in your condition. Just to be safe I would check with a Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialist. This is a drug you should not stop abruptly so continue to take it unless you are told to stop it please. ...Read more

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I have prolactinoma and im pregnant.dr is telling me to take bromocriptine.is it safe?and if i dont take it, is high prolactin bad during pregnancy?

Prolactinoma: And pregnancy: generally, data indicate that there is no risk for a fetus during first month. Continuing further may cause risk for a fetus. Treatment depends whether you have micro or macroadenoma and whether you have any symptoms. ...Read more

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How accurate are blood pregnancy tests when you have a pituitary adenoma?

How accurate are blood pregnancy tests when you have a pituitary adenoma?

Very accurate: The pituitary adenoma will not decrease the accuracy of the blood pregnancy tests unless it is lh the adenoma is secreting, which is very rare. Most pituitary adenomas secrete prolactin, which will not interfere with a blood pregnancy test. ...Read more

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If I can't take bromocriptine because I'm allergic to it. What can I take for prolactinoma ?

"Allergic"?: Do you mean "allergic" or just "intolerant"? Most people have no idea what "allergy" really means. Ask your doctor which you are. In pts who are intolerant to even small doses of bromocriptine, one alternative is to administer the same daily dose intravaginally, a method that has almost equal efficacy. The other major option is cabergoline, a long-acting non-ergot dopamine agonist. It's expensive. ...Read more

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Can prolactinomas build tolerance to medication?

Can prolactinomas build tolerance to medication?

Tolerance: Yes, sometimes higher doses of Cabergoline or bromocriptine are needed. It could be drug tolerance, or it could be another medication or condition that is increasing prolactin. Usually the prolactinoma will shrink with treatment. Sometimes, relatively high doses of Cabergoline are needed. Talk to your endocrinologist. ...Read more

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How is a prolactinoma diagnosed?

How is a prolactinoma diagnosed?

Lab test and imaging: A lab test will tell you if you have high prolactin and an imaging study (MRI) will tell you the size and what the tumor looks like. ...Read more

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How do you know if you have prolactinoma?

ProlactinomaYour: Prolactin will be elevated without other cause for it ie pregnancy, medication, nipple stimulation... Perform an MRI of pituitary and brain with and without contrast to confirm an adenoma or growth on the pituitary gland. ...Read more

Dr. Soren Singel
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