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A 31-year-old member asked:

what is gynecomastia? who gets it?

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Dr. Melissa Young
Internal Medicine 9 years experience
Breasts in men : Gynecomastia is the presence of glandular (potentially milk-producing) tissue in the male breast. It can happen during normal puberty, but can also be caused by some meds like digoxin and cimetidine, by marijuana use, low testosterone, use of excess testosterone or other body building steroids, and certain tumors.
Dr. Scott Grover
General Surgery 26 years experience
Breast Swelling: Gynecomastia is enlargement of the breast tissue. Men get this when the breast tissue (yes men have breast tissue) gets stimulated from some source to grow. This can be medications, hormones, etc.
Dr. Tom Pousti
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
All Ages...: Gynecomastia comes from the greek meaning "gyne" meaning woman and  "mastos"  meaning breasts.  it refers to abnormal development of large mammary glands in males. Although there may be many “causes”, most cases are idiopathic (no specific cause). The use of certain medications, drugs, organ dysfunction (kidney or liver), hormonal imbalances etc. May also be causative.

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A 44-year-old member asked:

How can I tell if I have gynecomastia or if i'm just fat?

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Dr. Todd Sisto
Breast Surgery 37 years experience
Lose weight...: ...If you still have breasts it's gynecomastia. Or pinch it: if texture is dense and cobblestoney is gland if soft and compressible, it's fat. Compare the feel to an abdominal fat roll. Or you can get an MRI or ct.
A 29-year-old member asked:

How can my doctor diagnose gynecomastia?

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Dr. Martin Wertkin
Specializes in General Surgery
Examination: The diagnosis can usually be made by physical examination of the breasts. Sometimes mammography and ultrasound are helpful. Occasionally, biopsy is necessary.
A 26-year-old member asked:

Is there a natural treatment for gynecomastia?

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Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Nothing known: Unfortunately there are no known natural cures for gynecomastia other than perhaps avoiding natural estrogenic products.
A 34-year-old member asked:

My doctor told me I have gynecomastia. What is that?

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Dr. Michael McGonigal
General Surgery 39 years experience
Male breast enlarged: This term refers to breast enlargement in men. It can be caused by hormone imbalances, endocrine disorders, and problems with the liver and kidneys.
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A 27-year-old member asked:

What other treatment options for gynecomastia?

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Dr. Richard Tholen
Plastic Surgery 41 years experience
Surgery and surgery!: Other than weight loss (and treatment of any stimulating causes, like testicular tumors or other hormone causes), surgery is the only way to remove gynecomastia tissues, especially glandular component. Liposuction can help with the fatty part, but excision is needed for the glandular portion. There is no diet or supplement that can help. See an abps-certified plastic surgeon.

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