A Prolactinoma is a Prolactin-producing tumour of the Pituitary gland. These tumours come in various sizes, but the vast majority are less than 10mm (' inch) in diameter. These are called microprolactinomas. The rarer large tumours are called macroprolactinomas. Prolactinomas can occur in both men and women.
Very few patients with prolactinomas require surgery, as most prolactinomas (particularly microprolactinomas) shrink in size following treatment with medication.
- discharge from breasts (Galactorrhoea) - females
- irregular periods (Oligomenorrhoea) or loss of normal menstrual function (Amenorrhoea) - adult females
- impotence - adult males
- reduced fertility
- decrease in sex drive
- vision disturbance
Resources available from The Pituitary Foundation
- Fact Sheet No 5 - Hyperprolactinaemia, GP Fact File.
- Prolactinoma booklet
- If you'd like to talk with another patient with prolactinoma then we can put you in touch with one of our trained volunteers, please email email@example.com or call our Helpline on 0845 450 0375.
- Become a member and join our online forum to connect with others affected by Prolactinoma.
- You may want to go along to one of our Local Support Group meetings in your area and meet other pituitary patients, some of whom may be affected by Acromegaly. Click here to find your local group.
- We often publish articles on Prolactinoma in our membership magazine, Pituitary Life. Articles include medical updates and patient stories. Click here to join online
Last Updated ( Monday, 14 January 2013 )
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