What follow-up tests are done after a prolactinoma diagnosis?
When a prolactinoma is found, other tests are often done to assess production of additional hormones from the pituitary gland. Depending on the size of the tumor, the doctor may also request an eye exam to measure visual fields. Remember that the optic nerves run close to the pituitary gland, and any growth of this gland may lead to impingement on the these nerves. What are the goals of treatment of a prolactinoma? The goals for treatment of a prolactinoma are to: • return prolactin secretion to normal, • reduce tumor size, • correct any vision abnormalities, and • restore the normal function of the pituitary gland. If the tumor is very large, only partial achievement of these goals may be possible.