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Galactorrhea pdf is the production of breast milk in non-breastfeeding men and women. Overproduction of the hormone prolactin (hyperprolactinemia) caused by a tumor in the pituitary gland is the most prevalent cause of galactorrhea. In both men and women, hyperprolactinemia can cause galactorrhea, or unexpected milk production, as well as infertility. The hormone prolactin is measured in the blood to make the diagnosis. To determine the cause, imaging studies may be used. Surgery or, in certain cases, radiation therapy may be used if medications alone do not reduce prolactin production or decrease the tumor.

Symptoms of Galactorrhea

Diagnosis of Galactorrhea

Treatment of Galactorrhea

  • Drugs to block prolactin production
  • Sometimes surgery or radiation therapy