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19 Jan 2006

VERHOOGDE PROLAKTIEN
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KAN JY ASB VIR MY SE WAT DIE MOONTLIKE OORSAKE KAN WEES VAN 'N VERHOOGDE PROLAKTIEN VLAK BY 'N DOGTERTJIE VAN 10
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01 Jan 0001

As you can see from the list given below there are many causes of a raised prolactin level. Some offcourse not applicable to a child. In the case of a child the most likely cause would be endocrine and further investigations are indicated.
Men and non-pregnant women will normally have only small amounts of prolactin in their blood. Prolactin levels do, however, need to be evaluated based on the time of day that they are collected. The levels will vary over a 24 hour period - rising during sleep and peaking in the morning. Ideally, your blood sample should usually be drawn a couple of hours after waking up, preferably after you have been resting quietly for 30 minutes (although your doctor may have his own reasons for doing them at other times).
High levels of prolactin (hyperprolactinemia) are normal during pregnancy, and after childbirth while the mother is nursing. High levels are also seen with:

Anorexia nervosa
Drugs: Estrogen, tricyclic antidepressants, and drugs that block the effect of dopamine (a brain chemical that regulates and inhibits the production of prolactin) such as: tranquilizers, some hypertension drugs, and some drugs that are used to treat gastroesophageal reflux
Hypothalamic diseases
Hypothyroidism
Kidney disease
Nipple stimulation (moderate increase)
Other pituitary tumors and diseases
Polycystic ovary syndrome
Prolactinomas
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