When abnormally large breasts develop in males, it is called gynecomastia. It is due to the excess growth of breast tissue, not excess fat tissue. The condition may occur in one or both breasts.
During the year period from to we evaluated 60 boys who were more than 9 years old and who had significant breast development greater than 4 cm in diameter around the time of puberty. An endocrine abnormality was identified in seven subjects. The pathology included Klinefelter's syndrome; 46,XX maleness; primary testicular failure; partial androgen insensitivity; fibrolamellar hepatocarcinoma; and increased aromatase activity.
Gynecomastia, the benign enlargement of male breast tissue, is a common occurrence in adolescents as well as in middle-aged and older men. While there are several reasons why men develop breast tissue, it is usually not a health concern, often resolves on its own, and is generally treatable, according to a clinical practice article appearing in the September 20 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine NEJM. The clinical practice article, a regular NEJM feature that focuses on a case history highlighting a common clinical problem, was authored by Glenn D.
Puberty — it's a crazy time and occurs through a long process, beginning with a surge in hormone production, which in turn causes a number of physical changes. Every person's individual timetable for puberty is different. Below is an overview of some physical changes boys can expect during these years.
Scientists have, for the first time, studied the prevalence of breast development in Danish boys, and the new study suggests that more than half of all Danish boys develop mammary glands during puberty. He points out that the small male breasts are usually harmless, but that for many adolescent boys the female attributes lead to worry and embarrassment. Paediatrician Kurt Kristensen at Aarhus University Hospital, who did not take part in the study, is not surprised by the new findings:.
Ah, puberty. It can be a very interesting time in a guy's life, what with all the changes going on. In fact, it seems like every day something on your body grows bigger or hair begins sprouting somewhere.
Back to Sexual health. Puberty is when a child's body begins to develop and change as they become an adult. Girls develop breasts and start their periods.
With gynecomastia, tissue inside the breast glands grows. This can cause female-appearing breasts. Gynecomastia guy-nuh-koh-MAS-tee-uh is swelling of the breast tissue in boys or men, caused by an imbalance of the hormones estrogen and testosterone.
Back to Men's health. Gynaecomastia sometimes referred to as "man boobs" is a common condition that causes boys' and men's breasts to swell and become larger than normal. It is most common in teenage boys and older men.