What is included in the long-term monitoring of prolactinomas?

Updated: Mar 25, 2018
  • Author: Venkatesh Babu Segu, MD, MBBS, DM; Chief Editor: Romesh Khardori, MD, PhD, FACP  more...
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For patients receiving medical treatment, attempts should be made to continue maintenance treatment at the lowest effective dose to maintain PRL in the normal range. If a decision is made to withdraw medical treatment, especially in microprolactinoma patients, PRL levels and radiologic imaging with MRI or CT scanning should be periodically performed to monitor for recurrence and growth of prolactinoma. Medical treatment may be withdrawn cautiously after menopause in microprolactinoma patients, followed by biochemical and radiologic monitoring. [40]


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