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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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Pituitary Adenoma (Definition)

Benign growth on the pituitary ...Read more


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24 y/o male pituitary macro prolactinoma. Initial prolactin level at diagnoses was 4100. It is now 1900 after 3 months. Good progress so far? Thanks!

24 y/o male pituitary macro prolactinoma. Initial prolactin level at diagnoses was 4100. It is now 1900 after 3 months. Good progress so far? Thanks!

Cabergoline?: Are you receiving cabergoline? If so, the dose may need to be increased. Also, have you seen a good neurosurgeon to be evaluated for possible surgery -- and a good endocrinologist to check whether you have any other hormonal abnormalities that require treatment? ...Read more

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25y/o male w/prolactinoma.Thyroid bloodwork normal.Doc says thyroid slightly swollen. Body temp 97.5 oral/feel cold a lot. How is hypothyroid diagnose?

25y/o male w/prolactinoma.Thyroid bloodwork normal.Doc says thyroid slightly swollen. Body temp 97.5 oral/feel cold a lot. How is hypothyroid diagnose?

Thyroid prolactin: Hypothyroid is diagnosed with thyroid blood tests. You would expect an elevated TSH and a low free t4. There is an interaction between thyroid and prolactin. If you are hypothyroid and have an elevated tsh, this will raise the prolactin; correcting the thyroid will normalize the prolactin. But this may not apply to you. The "swollen thyroid" may be separate. See your endocrinologist. ...Read more

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What is prolactinoma?

What is prolactinoma?

Pituitary tumor: A prolactinoma is a pituitary tumor, almost always benign, that over produces prolactin. It can cause amenorrhea in a woman and low testosterone in a man. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a prolactinoma?

Usually cabergoline: Hi. Usually medication therapy with cabergoline is all you need. Very rarely, surgery is needed for large, aggressive tumors. Talk about this with your endocrinologist. Good luck! ...Read more

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How can I get treated for a prolactinoma?

How can I get treated for a prolactinoma?

Medication: Prolactinomas are almost always treated with one of two medications - bromocryptine or Cabergoline - both work on the Dopamine receptor to lower the prolactin levels and shrink the tumor. Such treatment is generally coordinated by an endocrinologist. ...Read more

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Prolactinoma sufferers able to be helped?

ProlactinomaYourProl: Yes absolutely. Medication is well tolerated, has few adverse affects and been around for many years. Surgical intervention also an option. See an endocrinologist. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about got a prolactinoma?

Prolactinoma: Prolactin-secreting pituitary adenomas can usually be treated without surgery. The medications used are Cabergoline or bromocriptine. These usually can normalize the prolactin, shrink the tumor, and restore the person to normal. You probably want to see an endocrinologist. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for prolactinomas?

What is the treatment  for prolactinomas?

Treatment: Two possible treatments -- surgery or medication. Depending on size of adenoma, patient age, or the tumors effect on surrounding structures. Medication is usually the first-line treatment. Dostinex (cabergoline) is a very effective med which decreases prolactin production and usually shrinks tumor size over several years of therapy. ...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