ISSN 1849-9031 (Online)

ISSN 1849-8922    (Print)

Multiple vertebral fractures in an elderly male with macroprolactinoma.
Saša Magaš, Miroslav Ćaćić, Zrinka Sudar Magaš , Ivan Kruljac.

Abstract


Hyperprolactinemia is associated with increased bone loss both in men and women. We report a case of an elderly patient with multiple osteoporotic vertebral fractures due to long-lasting hypogonadism caused by prolactinoma. The patient was treated with transphenoidal surgery, small doses of dopamine agonists, teriparatide, calcium and vitamin D supplements. Treatment led to increase in bone mineral density and decrease in lumbar pain intensity. This case highlights that clinicians should bear in mind the fact that osteoporotic vertebral fractures in men may be linked with hypogonadism and hyperprolactinemia. These conditions can be effectively treated. Therefore, detailed medical history and appropriate endocrinological evaluation should be performed in all male patients with osteoporotic fractures.