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What causes your brain to produce abnormally high levels of prolactin? And is it dangerous to not be treated or is there a treatment?

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Dr. Mark Perloe
Fertility Medicine
4 doctors agree

In brief: Elevated Prolactin

Dr. Mark perloe hypothyroidism or underactive thyroid gland can, in some cases, be associated with increased prolactin levels.

In brief: Elevated Prolactin

Dr. Mark perloe hypothyroidism or underactive thyroid gland can, in some cases, be associated with increased prolactin levels.
Dr. Mark Perloe
Dr. Mark Perloe
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Dr. Nancy Durso
Your brain actually produces prolactin contsantly. Its secretion needs to be supressed to maintain normal levels. Sometimes a clump of cells (benign tumor) does not respond to the supression. If a tumor is present it can affect the vision and should be treaated either medically or surgically. High levels of prolactin are not dangerous but they may cause no periods, low estrogen,and bone loss.
Dr. Joshua Klein
Fertility Medicine
4 doctors agree

In brief: Good question

There are numerous possible causes of elevated prolactin, some of which or not important/dangerous and/or don't need to be treated.
If the prolactin is very high, a "prolactinoma, " which is a benign (non-cancerous) growth, may be the problem. Most prolactinomas can be very effectively treated with medication; rarely, surgery is necessary. See your doctor to discuss your specific situation.

In brief: Good question

There are numerous possible causes of elevated prolactin, some of which or not important/dangerous and/or don't need to be treated.
If the prolactin is very high, a "prolactinoma, " which is a benign (non-cancerous) growth, may be the problem. Most prolactinomas can be very effectively treated with medication; rarely, surgery is necessary. See your doctor to discuss your specific situation.
Dr. Joshua Klein
Dr. Joshua Klein
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Dr. Mark Perloe
Hypothyroidism or underactive thyroid gland can, in some cases, be associated with increased prolactin levels.
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