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How is prolactinoma treated if medication doesn't work or can't be taken?

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If medication doesn't shrink the tumor, or you can't take it because of side effects (like nausea or dizziness), your doctor may recommend surgery to take the tumor out through your nasal cavity. This returns prolactin levels to normal for about 80% of people with small tumors. But it's successful for only 30% to 40% of people with larger tumors.

In rare cases, radiation therapy is used if medicine and surgery don't bring down prolactin levels. This works for about one in three people.

From: What Is a Prolactinoma? WebMD Medical Reference

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National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: "Prolactinoma."

UCLA Pituitary Tumor Program: "Prolactinoma."

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on October 28, 2018

SOURCES:

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: "Prolactinoma."

UCLA Pituitary Tumor Program: "Prolactinoma."

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on October 28, 2018

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