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How Is Galactorrhea Typically Diagnosed
By symptoms: Galactorrhea is diagnosed by symptoms. It is usually due to an elevation in your prolactin level, a hormone secreted from the pituitary gland. Prolactin can be elevated due to a tumor or by excessive nipple stimulation. Pituitary gland is located between the optic chiasm in the brain. If galactorrhea is due to a pituitary gland tumor, patient may have visual changes and/or headaches. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Galactorrhea is a condition where milk flows from the breast at a time not associated with pregnancy, childbirth, or nursing. It can occur at any age and in both sexes. While it might be due to innocent benign processes and even medications/drugs, it needs evaluation to rule ...Read more
Don't touch: Have a fasting prolactin and your thyroid tested. If normal do not stimulate the breast by checking to see if the discharge has resolved. Most galactorrhea will stop on its own. If the prolactin is significantly elevated a work up for a pituitary adenoma will be needed. Your gynecologist should be able to order the work up. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Hormonal imbalance: Galactorrhea (breast milk production when not pregnant) can be caused by multiple events. Although our first thought is a pituitary (brain) overproduction of prolactin, frequently the cause can be be a thyroid disorder, side-effect of medication (anti-depressants, birth control pills), the result of scarring or injury to the chest wall, or even a side effect of marijuana use. ...Read more
Good Question!: Knowing the cause of the galactorrhea determines how the condition is treated. Often it can be a simple as medication change. Psychotherapeutic drugs and GI drugs are often the simple culprit. Once cause is determined, the prolactin levels can be measured while the symptoms abate. ...Read more
Milky breasts: Galactorrhea is a condition where milk flows from the breast at a time not associated with pregnancy, childbirth, or nursing. It can occur at any age and in both sexes. While it might be due to innocent benign processes and even medications/drugs, it needs evaluation to rule out potentially serious causes. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes, possibly: Injury to the pituitary stalk can potentially lead to galactorrhea (case reports available), although the impact would likely affect other hormones as well, leading to e.g. Diabetes insipidus. If i had a patient with post-traumatic galactorrhea i'd be suspicious of a pre-existing pituitary prolactinoma and get prolactin levels and brain MRI to rule out such a lesion. Treatment - medical first. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not much: Other than making a mess in your bra this is typically a benign condition. ...Read more
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