About the condition
Gynacomastia is the enlargement of the gland tissue of the male breast. Newborns, boys going through puberty and middle-aged to older men are more prone to developing gynacomastia as a result of normal changes in hormonal levels. Gynacomoastia is not a serious medical condition and may dissipate on its own.
Causes of the condition
Results from an imbalance of hormone levels in which there is a decrease in the amount of testosterone compared with oestrogen (female hormones). This could be cause by side effects of certain medications, natural hormone changes and certain medical conditions.
Signs & symptoms
- Breast tenderness and or sensitivity
- Swollen breast gland tissues
Diagnosis and Treatment Options
Test and diagnosis
- Medical history investigation
- Physical examination
- Blood test
Most gynacomastia cases will recover gradually over time without treatment. However, if gynacomastia is a result of the side effects of certain medication, the doctor may recommend stopping or substituting the medication.
Surgery is seldom needed but please consult your doctor if you are concerned.