Medical treatment of prolactinomas

M. E. Molitch*

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Prolactinomas are a common cause of reproductive and sexual dysfunction. Once other causes of hyperprolactinemia have been excluded with a careful history, physical examination, routine chemistries, and a TSH, MR imaging or computerized tomography will delineate the size and extent of the tumor. Medical therapy is the initial treatment of choice. When infertility is the primary indication for treatment, bromocriptine use has an extensive safety experience and is preferred. For other indications, however, cabergoline appears to be more efficacious and better tolerated. Transsphenoidal surgery remains an option, especially for patients with microadenomas, when medical therapy is ineffective.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)143-169
Number of pages27
JournalEndocrinology and Metabolism Clinics of North America
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Endocrinology


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