Prolactinomas are the most common of the hormone-secreting pituitary tumors and must be distinguished from nonsecreting tumors causing hyperprolactinemia by hypothalamic or stalk dysfunction. For both micro- and macroadenomas, dopamine agonists appear to be the treatment of choice, transsphenoidal surgery being reserved for nonresponders. For women desiring pregnancy, dopamine agonists are safe when there is a microadenoma or an intrasellar macroadenoma. However, in women with large macroadenomas desiring pregnancy, limited transsphenoidal decompression followed by bromocriptine appears to be the safest mode of treatment.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||8|
|Journal||Annual Review of Medicine|
|State||Published - Jan 1 1989|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)