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Prolactinomas: evolution after menopause

Autor(es): Mallea-Gil, Maria Susana; Ballarino, Maria Carolina; Alfieri, Analia; Manavela, Marcos; Chervin, Alberto; Danilowicz, Karina; Diez, Sabrina; Day, Patricia Fainstein; Guitelman, Mirtha; Glerean, Mariela; Katz, Débora; Loto, Monica Graciela; Martinez, Marcela; Miragaya, Karina; Moncet, Daniel; García-Basavilbaso, Natalia; Boero, Laura; Servidio, Marisa; Rogozinski, Amelia Susana; Vitale, Marcelo; Stalldecker, Graciela
Fonte: Arch. endocrinol. metab. (Online);60(1): 42-46, Feb. 2016. graf
[ ID: 774618 ] Idioma: Inglês
Tipo de publicação: Estudo Multicêntrico
ABSTRACT Objetive The aim was to assess the evolution of tumor size and prolactin (PRL) levels in patients with micro and macroprolactinomas diagnosed and treated with dopamine agonists during fertile age, and the effects of suspension of drugs after menopause. Retrospective study, 29 patients with prolactinomas, 22 microadenomas and 7 macroadenomas, diagnosed during their fertile age were studied in their menopause; treatment was stopped in this period. Age at menopause was 49 ± 3.6 years. The average time of treatment was 135 ± 79 months. The time of follow-up after treatment suspension was 4 to 192 months. Results Pre-treatment PRL levels in micro and macroadenomas were 119 ± 57 ng/mL and 258 ± 225 ng/mL, respectively. During menopause after treatment suspension, and at the latest follow-up: in microadenomas PRL levels were 23 ± 13 ng/mL and 16 ± 5.7 ng/mL, respectively; in macroadenomas, PRL levels were 20 ± 6.6 ng/mL 5t5and 25 ± 18 ng/mL, respectively. In menopause after treatment suspension, the microadenomas had disappeared in 9/22 and had decreased in 13/22. In the group of patients whose tumor had decreased, in the latest follow-up, tumors disappeared in 7/13 and remained unchanged in 6/13. In macroadenomas, after treatment suspension 3/7 had disappeared, 3/7 decreased and 1/7 remained unchanged. In the latest control in the 3 patients whose tumor decreased, disappeared in 1/3, decreased in 1/3 and there was no change in the remaining. Conclusions Normal PRL levels and sustained reduction or disappearance of adenomas were achieved in most of patients, probably due to the decrease of estrogen levels. Dopamine agonists might be stopped after menopause in patients with prolactinomas.