What is the role of prolactin measurement in the evaluation of 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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Hyperprolactinemia has been shown to be associated with androgen excess. Prolactin can be elevated in women with hypothyroidism. When prolactin levels are elevated in women with normal thyroid function, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the pituitary may be warranted to exclude pituitary tumors.


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