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Gynecomastia Booklet

Gynecomastia booklet

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Gynecomastia

Gynecomastia is the development of abnormally large mammary glands in males resulting in breast enlargement.

Also known as Man boobs.

About the Condition

Gynecomastia is a condition in men where there is abnormal growth of breast tissue. The growth may occur in one or both breasts and is generally stimulated by estrogens. The condition is commonly called man-boobs. The condition affects about 15% of men worldwide.

Gynecomastia is the most common physical symptom of estrogen dominance in men. Often a deficiency in the hormone testosterone results in gynecomastia.

Breast enlargement may be accompanied by breast pain (mastalgia). True gynecomastia is caused by a hormonal imbalance. The affected male produces too much estradiol, the female breast growth hormone. Pseudogynecomastia is breast enlargement caused by fat deposition over the entire chest, not localized to the breasts.

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Symptoms of Gynecomastia

Severe gynecomastia is characterized by excess and/or saggy skin and severely enlarged breasts.

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Causes of Gynecomastia

Primary Causes

  • Hormonal imbalance - estrogen effects dominate.
  • Affects neonates, adolescents in transient fashion.
  • In older males condition tends to be more permanent due testicular decline and estrogen dominance.

Common in older males.

Diagnosis

Breast development of variable size and distribution.

Tests:

  • Serum testosterone and free testosterone
  • AMS questionnaire.

Secondary Considerations

Psychological and social effects

Next page: Treating Gynecomastia

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Treatment for Gynecomastia

Self-help measures to reduce pain include:

  • Avoid caffeine
  • Take evening primrose oil and Vitamin E

If the breast swelling does not resolve in two weeks, see your doctor. Most cases of gynecomastia in children do not require treatment. Your doctor will probably adopt a “watchful waiting” approach for one or two years.

True gynecomastia may respond to a prescription for testosterone, tamoxifen, clomiphene, danazol, oral contraceptives, bromocriptine, GnRH agonists, or testolactone. Pseudogynecomastia from obesity just requires diet and exercise, although obesity is often associated with lowered testosterone levels, terefore serum testosterone should be tested. If a painful cyst forms, your doctor may aspirate the fluid from it with a syringe to relieve pressure.

If drug treatment is unsuccessful after one year, then your doctor may suggest breast irradiation therapy. If that is unsuccessful, your doctor may suggest breast reduction surgery (mastectomy) with or without liposuction.

Next page: Further Information on Gynecomastia

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Topics discussed in the Understanding Gynecomastia booklet include:

  • What is gynecomastia?
  • Why does gynecomastia develop?
  • Who develops gynecomastia?
  • What are the signs and symptoms of gynecomastia?
  • How is gynecomastia classified?
  • What are my treatment options?
  • How is breast reduction performed?
  • What are the pros and cons of mastectomy?
  • What are the pros and cons of testosterone treatment?
  • What is the role of testosterone in humans?
  • What are the side-effects of testosterone replacement therapy?

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