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Published on: 14 Nov 2017 by oclark8819

What is Gynecomastia?

What is Gynecomastia?

Male breast reduction surgery, gynecomastia, is the condition wherein the glandular breast tissue in men gets enlarged. This could take place during puberty in boys with normal development or also during infancy. The problem arises owing to the imbalance of hormones in your body when the levels of estrogen are higher than androgen. Different drugs or medicines could also get gynecomastia. The condition could also be linked to certain medical conditions like kidney failure, liver cirrhosis or hyperthyroidism. Depending on the cause and severity, your doctor may suggest medication or surgery for your gynecomastia.

What are the symptoms of gynecomastia?

The main sign of gynecomastia is enlarged male breasts. You must understand that this condition affects the glandular tissue and not the fat. This enlargement is in symmetry with the nipple and it could get rubbery or firm to the touch. Even though usually gynecomastia affects both the breasts, in some cases it could be unilateral for some. If both the sides are involved, it is possible that the enlargement is greater on one side than the other. Typically gynecomastia is not painful there might be tenderness or sensitivity in the area.but

It is very rare to suffer from male breast cancer and this constitutes only 1 percent of all cases related to breast cancer. In cases of cancer, it is normally centered on one side being centered on the nipple which feels hard and firm. It is also related to other symptoms like dimpling of skin, nipple retraction, discharge from the nipple and enlargement of the underarms.

Treatment for gynecomastia

If you see symptoms of gynecomastia, you must see a doctor right away so that the cause can be determined. The doctor may order some tests to rule out any serious ailments that may have caused your gynecomastia.

Most cases of gynecomastia are puberty related and these resolve on their own in about 6 months so it is best to observe rather than get treatment. If it is due to any medication, stopping it will reduce the symptoms; also, if gynecomastia is due to an underlying medical issue than the use of treatment will help.

Some other medications which help with the treatment of gynecomastia include testosterone replacement. This is an effective treatment for older men who are suffering from gynecomastia due to low hormone levels.

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