How does hyperprolactinemia cause androgen excess?

Updated: Mar 14, 2018
  • Author: Mohamed Yahya Abdel-Rahman, MD, MSc; Chief Editor: Richard Scott Lucidi, MD, FACOG  more...
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Elevated prolactin levels are found in as many as 6% of women with hirsutism. [59] The exact relationship between elevated prolactin levels and androgen excess is still unclear. Elevated prolactin levels might directly stimulate the adrenal cortex. [60]


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