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How can kidney disease cause gynecomastia?

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Dr. Jennifer Gardner answered

Specializes in Pediatrics

Hormone imbalance: Gynecomastia in men occurs when testosterone levels are decreased compared to estrogen levels. So it occurs when test. levels are decreased OR estrogen levels are increased. It is (relatively) common in infant males & adolescent males. Certain medicines, anabolic steroids, alcohol, marijuana, liver/thyr disease, tumor, malnutrition, and kidney failure/dialysis can all result in hormonal imbalances

Answered 3/29/2016

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Dr. Tadge Kanjo answered

Specializes in General Surgery

Sex hormone issue: Renal failure has very widespread consequences on normal body function. In regard to gynecomastia, this results from decreased testosterone production and an increase in LH and FSH; the female hormone equivalent. The latter results from less excretion in the urine. This hormone imbalance causes Breast enlargement that typically resolved within a year.

Answered 12/10/2016

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Dr. Herman Hammerstead answered

Specializes in Trauma Surgery

Estrogen not excrete: Build up of estrogen (female hormone) by failing kidneys

Answered 3/30/2016

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