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How Long Does 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
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
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
Depending on cause: Galactorrhea has to be first evaluated thoroughly to diagnose the underlying cause. Once identified, your doctor may target their treatment to that cause. In most cases, medical treatment is adequate and in some cases surgical treatment may be necessary. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
Can fentanyl patches cause galactorrhea, even though I've been on it with no other side effects at all for 5 years before the milk started?
What could cause milky green dual nipple galactorrhea in a male with normal prolactin levels? Ongoing since age 13. Nipples are never stimulated.
Not worrisome: It sounds like this has been going on for a while (12 years). That, and the bilaterality, suggest that this is not something you need to be worried about. Figuring out what the cause is harder. Are the breasts enlarged (gynecomastia)? Are there any medications? Has anyone confirmed galactorrhea (not all discharges contain milk). Assay for altered forms of prolactin (macroprolactin). ...Read more
Age- 19 year 9 month. Sex - Female. TSH 13.26, Prolactin 28.04. Both nipples are discharging. Color is pale white. Is it GALACTORRHEA?
Can I get pregnant if I have galactorrhea.? Hormone and thyroid levels are fine. I also haven't had a period in 4 months. Can I get pregnant?
"Galactorrhea" from both breasts, 1 clear, 1 milky, upon squeezing only. Prolactin, thyroid, blood tests all "norm".Should I get further testing? Not preg
TSH 13.26, taking medicine of hypothyroidism since 2week, nipples are discharging now, color is pale white. What is the reason? Is it Galactorrhea?
YES GALACTORRHEA: Yes you can get Galactorrhea in Thyroid disorder with elevated TSH due to Hypothyroidism as it is known to increase Prolactin Level After treatment with Thyroid Hormone therapy the Prolactin level comes down as TSH comes to normal level and Galactorrhea will stop ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can women suffering from galactorrhea cause HIV or some kind of bacterial or fungal infection in adults from sucking those breast?
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