Non-surgical management of cystic prolactinomas

B. Bahuleyan, G. Menon, S. Nair, B.R.M. Rao, H.V. Easwer, K. Krishna

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Cystic prolactinomas are considered not amenable to dopamine agonist therapy. We present the results of dopamine agonist therapy in six patients with cystic prolactinomas. The inclusion criteria of patients were: (i) cystic macroadenomas with the cyst occupying more than 50% of the tumour volume; (ii) a serum prolactin value more than 150 ng/mL. All patients were males with a mean age of 35 years. The clinical presentations were erectile dysfunction in 66.6%, visual deficits in 50% and headache in 50% of patients. All patients were treated with bromocriptine only except one who was treated with both bromocriptine and cabergoline. The mean duration of follow up was 57.1 months. At the final follow-up 50% of patients had hormonal cure, 50% had radiological cure and 50% had reduction in the size of the tumour. Hence, it is appropriate to consider dopamine agonist therapy in patients with cystic prolactinomas before considering surgery. © 2009 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1421-1424
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Clinical Neuroscience
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 2009


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