How Do Doctors Diagnose MEN-1?

If your child is showing symptoms of MEN-1, one or more of the following are used to diagnose MEN-1:

  • Review of the family history
  • Physical exam to look for signs of excess hormone
  • Blood tests to check hormone levels
  • Various imaging tests to check for endocrine tumors
  • MEN-1 genetic testing

What Treatments Are Available for MEN-1?

There is currently no cure for MEN1. Early diagnosis and treatment can help manage symptoms and remove tumors. Without proper treatment, MEN-1 can be life-threatening.

Common treatments for MEN-1 include:

  • Surgery to remove endocrine tumors
  • Medications to help reduce the production of prolactin and the size of tumors making prolactin
  • Radiation therapy to shrink or eliminate certain tumors

In some cases, your child’s doctor may suggest waiting and watching for symptoms before recommending surgery, medications or radiation.

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