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A friend was just diagnosed with gynecomastia, is that a serious condition?
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10 doctors agree
In brief: No
It is a benign (non-cancerous) growth or swelling of the nipple and breast tissue in men.
There are multiple causes, and it often goes away by itself especially in younger persons. It can be surgically removed if it is a cosmetic issue, but this is not necessary. Alcohol use, marijuana, and steroid use can cause it, but often it just happens by itself.

In brief: No
It is a benign (non-cancerous) growth or swelling of the nipple and breast tissue in men.
There are multiple causes, and it often goes away by itself especially in younger persons. It can be surgically removed if it is a cosmetic issue, but this is not necessary. Alcohol use, marijuana, and steroid use can cause it, but often it just happens by itself.
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Dr. Yash Khanna
In teenagers when they are going through puberty some males can get enlargement of breast called gynecomastia and that is physiological as along with testosterone they produce estrogens and that will go down by the time the puberty is over and you dont need any therapy.But in older men it can be a sign of hormonal imbaance if they are not on certain meds,but inold age some gynecomastia is common
Dr. Tom Pousti
Surgery - Plastics
3 doctors agree
In brief: No
Gynecomastia comes from the greek meaning "gyne" meaning woman and  "mastos"  meaning breasts.
 it refers to abnormal development of large mammary glands in males. The decision of whether or not to proceed with surgery to correct gynecomastia will ultimately be a very personal decision based on whether the enlarged breast gland causes physical and/or psychosocial “distress”.

In brief: No
Gynecomastia comes from the greek meaning "gyne" meaning woman and  "mastos"  meaning breasts.
 it refers to abnormal development of large mammary glands in males. The decision of whether or not to proceed with surgery to correct gynecomastia will ultimately be a very personal decision based on whether the enlarged breast gland causes physical and/or psychosocial “distress”.
Dr. Tom Pousti
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Dr. Carla Enriquez
Pediatrics
3 doctors agree
In brief: No.
See my response to same question below.
Friend should see doctor in follow up. Can be treated if necessary. Usually goes away by itself. Exercise and weight lifting helps. Be sure it's not a neuroendoctrine disorder.

In brief: No.
See my response to same question below.
Friend should see doctor in follow up. Can be treated if necessary. Usually goes away by itself. Exercise and weight lifting helps. Be sure it's not a neuroendoctrine disorder.
Dr. Carla Enriquez
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Dr. Janet Turkle
Surgery - Plastics
2 doctors agree
In brief: Not usually
This is quite common in young males and is often temporary during the early pubertal years.
If it persists, surgical treatment might be indicated. A work up by a qualified physician is needed.

In brief: Not usually
This is quite common in young males and is often temporary during the early pubertal years.
If it persists, surgical treatment might be indicated. A work up by a qualified physician is needed.
Dr. Janet Turkle
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Dr. Patrick Schaner
Surgery - Plastics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Not necessarily
There are various medical reasons and medication side effects that can cause this condition.
A plastic surgeon will be able to guide your workup based on your history and physical exam. In most cases it is easily treatable with liposuction and minor excision of tissue.

In brief: Not necessarily
There are various medical reasons and medication side effects that can cause this condition.
A plastic surgeon will be able to guide your workup based on your history and physical exam. In most cases it is easily treatable with liposuction and minor excision of tissue.
Dr. Patrick Schaner
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Dr. Richard Zienowicz
Surgery - Plastics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: No
Just like some women are flat chested some men have small breasts.
If breast growth is sudden or bothersome it should be investigated by your physician to rule out an underlying endocrine abnormality. Very rarely male breast cancer can present as breast enlargement. Often it is associated with weight gain or anabolic steroid use.

In brief: No
Just like some women are flat chested some men have small breasts.
If breast growth is sudden or bothersome it should be investigated by your physician to rule out an underlying endocrine abnormality. Very rarely male breast cancer can present as breast enlargement. Often it is associated with weight gain or anabolic steroid use.
Dr. Richard Zienowicz
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Dr. Barry Cohen
Surgery - Plastics
In brief: No
Relatively easy to treat.

In brief: No
Relatively easy to treat.
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