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Case Reports in Otolaryngology
Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 981375, 3 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2012/981375
Case Report

Sinusitis: A Rare Cause for Galactorrhoea

1Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Torbay Hospital, South Devon Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, Torquay TQ2 7AA, UK
2Department of Endocrinology, Torbay Hospital, South Devon Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, Torquay TQ2 7AA, UK

Received 1 October 2012; Accepted 21 October 2012

Academic Editors: A. Rapoport and M. S. Timms

Copyright © 2012 W. O. Bennett et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

A 32-year-old woman presented to the endocrinology clinic with recent onset galactorrhoea. Investigations revealed raised prolactin levels. An MRI scan demonstrated a normal pituitary gland, and an incidental finding of sphenoid sinusitis with expansion of the sphenoid sinus was thought to be due to a mucocele. It is postulated that either the direct local pressure by the mucocele or localised inflammation secondary to sinusitis might cause hyperprolactinaemia. The patient underwent endoscopic surgery to drain the mucocele, after which her galactorrhoea resolved. A review of the literature reveals only one previously documented case of sinusitis causing hyperprolactinaemia and galactorrhoea.