- Medical history (medication, head trauma, pregnancy etc.)
- Pituitary tumors are determined with a MR-scan. Very high prolactin levels are usually caused by tumors.
- An eye examination and a field of view test (a tumor may be putting pressure on the optical nerve).
- Your blood will be tested for abnormal levels of e.g. TSH and LH.
- Cortisol (ACTH) stimulation test/synacthen-test (Addison’s disease, Cushing’s disease)
- And finally a Glucose tolerance test (acromegaly)
It might sound a bit scary to be diagnosed with a tumor. But these tumors are pretty much always benign. The word tumor has a very negative reputation. Don’t get me wrong – hyperprolactinemia must be diagnosed and treated – but you do not have cancer! It’s a relatively common condition but not many know anything about it.