Gynecomastia also spelled Gynaecomastia , [a] is the abnormal non-cancerous enlargement of one or both breasts in men due to the growth of breast tissue as a result of a hormone imbalance between estrogen and androgen. Gynecomastia can be normal in newborn babies due to exposure to estrogen from the mother, in adolescents going through puberty , and in obesity and older men. Alcohol and some drugs can also cause breast enlargement. Medical treatment of gynecomastia that has persisted beyond two years is often ineffective. Medications such as aromatase inhibitors have been found to be effective in rare cases of gynecomastia from disorders such as aromatase excess syndrome or Peutz—Jeghers syndrome ,  but surgical removal of the excess tissue is usually needed to correct the condition.
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Breast enlargement in males
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. Braunstein, M.
While there is a reasonable biological explanation as to why women have nipples —to feed babies—their function in men remains less clear. The Darwinian theory of natural selection would seem to dictate that male nipples serve no real purpose and, as such, should have been bred out of the human species by now. Of course, they have not, and this has to do with the foundations of how a human begins developing in utero.