Gynecomastia: Pathophysiology, Evaluation, and Management

Johnson, Ruth E.; Murad, M. Hassan
November 2009
Mayo Clinic Proceedings;Nov2009, Vol. 84 Issue 11, p1010
Academic Journal
Gynecomastia, defined as benign proliferation of male breast glandular tissue, is usually caused by increased estrogen activity, decreased testosterone activity, or the use of numerous medications. Although a fairly common presentation in the primary care setting and mostly of benign etiology, it can cause patients considerable anxiety. The initial step is to rule out pseudogyne- comastla by careful history taking and physical examination. A stepwise approach that includes imaging and laboratory testing to exclude neoplasms and endocrinopathies may facilitate cost- effective diagnosis, If results of all studies are normal, idiopathic gynecomastia Is diagnosed. The evidence In this area Is mainly of observational nature and lower quality.


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