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How is galactorrhea typically diagnosed?

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 more

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Dr. Joel Rivera Jimenez
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Galactorrhea (Definition)

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


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How is galactorrhea typically treated?

How is galactorrhea typically treated?

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 more

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How does galactorrhea happen?

How does galactorrhea happen?

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

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What should I do for a galactorrhea?

What should I do for a galactorrhea?

Good Question: Sounds like you have done some research. You need blood tests and a possible check of your pituitary gland. I would start with a gyn or endocrinologist or internist for the workup. ...Read more

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How long could the galactorrhea last?

How long could the galactorrhea last?

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

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What is the definition or description of: galactorrhea?

What is the definition or description of: galactorrhea?

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 more

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Can whiplash lead to galactorrhea?

Can whiplash lead to galactorrhea?

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 more

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Galactorrhea and amenorrhea upon stopping bcps. Is this normal?

Galactorrhea and amenorrhea upon stopping bcps. Is this normal?

No and yes: Amenorrhea can happen after stopping pills but should not last more than 6 months. Galactorrhea is not. You should consider seeing a gyn, or a medical or reproductive endocrinologist. ...Read more

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What are the consequences of galactorrhea caused by nipple stimulation ?

What are the consequences of galactorrhea caused by nipple stimulation ?

Not much: Other than making a mess in your bra this is typically a benign condition. ...Read more