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Academic Hospital Neuperlach Munich

9.8/10 from 11 Votes

The Neuperlach Clinic is a modern medical facility with a high level of service. The clinic has high-tech modern equipment, making it one of the best hospitals not only in Germany but also in Europe. There are comfortable single and double rooms with shower and toilet, TV, telephone and radio.

Diagnosis of pituitary adenoma in prolactinoma
2538
Conservative treatment of prolactinoma
6377
location_onCountry: Germany
location_searchingCity: Munich
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St. Vincentius Clinic Karlsruhe

9.8/10 from 23 Votes

The St. Vincentius Clinic is the largest multidisciplinary medical institution and academiс hospital of the Albert Ludwig University of Freiburg. Treatment and diagnosis of patients is conducted by doctors with a scientific degree. They are introducing the latest progressive techniques.

Diagnosis of pituitary adenoma in prolactinoma
2458
Conservative treatment of prolactinoma
6448
location_onCountry: Germany
location_searchingCity: Karlsruhe

University Hospital Rechts der Isar of the Munich Technical University

10/10 from 70 Votes

The Rechts der Isar Hospital is the University Hospital of the Technical University of Munich. There is intensive cooperation between the research facilities of the TU and the hospital in numbers of areas.

Diagnosis of pituitary adenoma in prolactinoma
2605
Conservative treatment of prolactinoma
6628
Resection of pituitary adenoma in prolactinoma
18688
location_onCountry: Germany
location_searchingCity: Munich
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University Hospital of the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich (LMU)

9.2/10 from 40 Votes

The Hospital of the Ludwig-Maximilians-University (LMU) Munich is a center of high-end medicine, medical innovation and medical and technical progress, which enables an individual and safe patient care.

Diagnosis of pituitary adenoma in prolactinoma
2880
Conservative treatment of prolactinoma
7330
Resection of pituitary adenoma in prolactinoma
22102
location_onCountry: Germany
location_searchingCity: Munich
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HELIOS Clinic Krefeld

9.7/10 from 38 Votes

Founded in 2014, the HELIOS Clinic Krefeld is one of the most modern medical facilities in Germany today. A team of highly qualified specialists, innovative medical equipment and comfortable accommodation conditions – the clinic has everything to make the treatment run smoothly and efficiently.

Diagnosis of pituitary adenoma in prolactinoma
2527
Conservative treatment of prolactinoma
6323
Resection of pituitary adenoma in prolactinoma
17311
location_onCountry: Germany
location_searchingCity: Krefeld

PAN Clinic Cologne

9/10 from 14 Votes

The PAN Clinic has gained universal recognition due to highly professional doctors and their responsive and careful approach to the treatment.  A team of experienced doctors specialized in 25 medical focuses takes care of the patients' health.

Diagnosis of pituitary adenoma in prolactinoma
2740
Conservative treatment of prolactinoma
6771
location_onCountry: Germany
location_searchingCity: Cologne
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University Hospital Frankfurt am Main

10/10 from 97 Votes

The University Hospital Frankfurt is part of the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University Frankfurt am Main. The hospital was founded in 1914 and today it is a famous German medical institution with rich traditions. The hospital treats about 49,000 inpatients and 220,000 outpatients every year.

Diagnosis of pituitary adenoma in prolactinoma
2646
Conservative treatment of prolactinoma
6656
Resection of pituitary adenoma in prolactinoma
18836
location_onCountry: Germany
location_searchingCity: Frankfurt am Main
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Academic Hospital Sachsenhausen Frankfurt am Main

10/10 from 23 Votes

The Academic Hospital Sachsenhausen at the Goethe University Frankfurt was founded in 1985 by the world-famous professor Dr. Carl von Noorden and Dr. Edouard Lampe. At that time it was Germany's first medical institution specializing in the treatment of diabetes.

Diagnosis of pituitary adenoma in prolactinoma
2409
Conservative treatment of prolactinoma
6088
location_onCountry: Germany
location_searchingCity: Frankfurt am Main

Sana Hospital Duisburg

9.8/10 from 5 Votes

The Sana Hospital Duisburg is a maximum care medical center with 678 beds and 17 specialized departments. With the very latest innovations and high quality patient care, the clinic works for the benefit of a person and their health. The hospital ranks among the leading clinics in the region.

Resection of pituitary adenoma in prolactinoma
18626
location_onCountry: Germany
location_searchingCity: Duisburg
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University Hospital Muenster

9.8/10 from 78 Votes

The University Hospital Muenster is one of the most respected multi-field medical centers in Germany. It consists of more than 30 departments and numerous research institutes and centers. Every year over 58,000 inpatients are treated here and nearly 475,000 patients receive medical care on the outpatient basis.

Diagnosis of pituitary adenoma in prolactinoma
2630
Conservative treatment of prolactinoma
6778
Resection of pituitary adenoma in prolactinoma
18656
location_onCountry: Germany
location_searchingCity: Muenster
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Vivantes Humboldt Hospital Berlin

9.7/10 from 23 Votes

An academic clinic of the university medical complex Charité, the Vivantes Humboldt Hospital is one of the largest specialized medical institutions in Berlin.

Diagnosis of pituitary adenoma in prolactinoma
3510
Conservative treatment of prolactinoma
7357
location_onCountry: Germany
location_searchingCity: Berlin

Academic Hospital Bogenhausen Munich

9.2/10 from 43 Votes

With more than 36,000 patients annually and 1,000 beds, the Academic Hospital Bogenhausen is one of the largest clinics in Munich.

Diagnosis of pituitary adenoma in prolactinoma
2603
Conservative treatment of prolactinoma
6676
Resection of pituitary adenoma in prolactinoma
18518
location_onCountry: Germany
location_searchingCity: Munich

Academic Hospital Schwabing Munich

8.5/10 from 7 Votes

The Schwabing Clinic is a modern medical facility with a high level of service. The clinic has high-tech modern equipment, making it one of the best hospitals not only in Germany but also in Europe. There are comfortable single and double rooms with shower and toilet, TV, telephone and radio.

Diagnosis of pituitary adenoma in prolactinoma
2517
Conservative treatment of prolactinoma
6317
Resection of pituitary adenoma in prolactinoma
17760
location_onCountry: Germany
location_searchingCity: Munich

Preventicum Diagnostic Сlinic Essen

10/10 from 1 Votes

The Preventicum Diagnostic Clinic has been intensively working over the years to become one of the leading medical excellence centres in Germany.

Diagnosis of pituitary adenoma in prolactinoma
2942
location_onCountry: Germany
location_searchingCity: Essen

ATOS Clinic Heidelberg

10/10 from 23 Votes

Founded in 1991, the ATOS Clinic Heidelberg combines top-quality service and cutting-edge medicine. It keeps track of the latest scientific developments and contributes to the development of new treatments.

Diagnosis of pituitary adenoma in prolactinoma
3896
Conservative treatment of prolactinoma
9250
location_onCountry: Germany
location_searchingCity: Heidelberg

Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center

9.9/10 from 23 Votes

The Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center (Ichilov) is the second largest and one of the most advanced healthcare and research institutions in Israel. Founded in 1961, it still enjoys popularity among the local population and draws thousands of international patients.

Diagnosis of pituitary adenoma in prolactinoma
0.00
Conservative treatment of prolactinoma
0.00
Resection of pituitary adenoma in prolactinoma
0.00
location_onCountry: Israel
location_searchingCity: Tel Aviv

About the disease

Prolactinoma is a benign tumor that grows in the pituitary gland (located in the brain). The pituitary gland is very small and shaped like a bean. Its job is to produce hormones, for example for growth, reproduction and regulating blood pressure. Prolactinoma causes the pituitary gland to produce too much of the hormone prolactin, which decreases the levels of sex hormones (testosterone in men and estrogen in women) leading to a low sex drive and behavioral changes.

The most common tumor associated with hormone production, prolactinoma is rarely life threatening. However, it can affect a person’s reproductive system, due to the imbalance in hormones. If the tumor gets very big, it can have a detrimental effect on vision too.

Symptoms of prolactinoma vary for women and men. In females, the most common manifestation of prolactinoma is irregular periods. In some women, menstrual periods disappear altogether. Men may experience erectile dysfunction, due to high levels of prolactin in the blood. In both sexes, prolactinoma can cause infertility.

The cause of prolactinoma has not yet been identified, but doctors think that certain medicines and chest injuries can contribute to its development. According to Mayo Clinic, this condition mostly develops in women aged 20 to 34 years.

Symptoms

  • Decreased sex drive
  • Unusual hair growth
  • Acne in women, in some cases
  • Erectile dysfunction in men
  • Sore breasts and milk discharge in women
  • Vaginal dryness and irregular periods in women

Diagnosis

  • During a general examination, the doctor will ask the patient if they have noticed any unusual growth of hair lately.
  • If the patient is a woman, the doctor will ask her if she has experienced tenderness in the breasts. If she is of childbearing age, she may be asked to take a pregnancy test.
  • The doctor will ask male patients about their sex drive and whether they have experienced erectile dysfunction lately.
  • A blood test can help doctors to evaluate the amount of prolactin in the patient’s blood (this will be high in cases of prolactinoma) and can also measure estrogen and testosterone levels.
  • Imaging tests of the brain are performed so that doctors can examine the pituitary gland in order to determine whether the patient has prolactinoma.

Treatment

  • Conservative treatment is often sufficient to control the levels of prolactin in the patient’s blood. Medicines can be prescribed that eliminate the symptoms and shrink the tumor. It may be necessary to take these medicines for a long period of time, to completely normalize the production of prolactin.
  • Surgical resection, whereby the pituitary tumor is completely or partially removed, is recommended if the medicines have been ineffective or if the tumor has put pressure on the surrounding nerves.



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