Galactorrhoea | definition of galactorrhoea by Medical dictionary
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1. A flow of milk from the breasts other than normal lactation.
[galacto- + G. rhoia, a flow]
galactorrhoea Excessive flow of breast milk or spontaneous milk production at times other than after pregnancy. Galactorrhoea can occur in men as well as women, if the milk-stimulating hormone prolactin is present, as from a tumour of the PITUITARY gland. Babies' breasts can produce milk from the hormone in the mother's blood. From the Greek gala , milk and rhein , to flow. See also WITCHES' MILK.
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Symptoms and signs at the time of presentation in patients with macroprolactinomas Symptoms No of patients (%) Headache 15 (100) Loss of libido 15 (100) Visual symptoms 13 (86) Erectile dysfunctions 10 (67) Gynaecomastia 7 (47) Galactorrhoea
3 (20) Decreased shaving frequency 3 (20) Infertility 3 (20) Arrested puberty 1 (7) Table II.
Physiological nipple discharge and galactorrhoea
(secretion of milk not related to pregnancy or lactation) are by far the most common.
A milky discharge can occasionally emerge from the nipples when a woman isn't pregnant and the medical term for this is galactorrhoea
Causes of nipple discharge Physiological Galactorrhoea
Mammary duct ectasia Intraduct papilloma Carcinoma Purulent discharge from breast abscess Drugs (e.