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Psychiatric Drugs Can Cause Gynecomastia

Gynecomastia is a condition that is caused by a hormonal imbalance in the body. While it can develop at puberty for boys, it may or may not resolve itself by adulthood. Specific prescriptions, illegal drugs, or medical conditions such as hyperthyroidism, kidney failure, or cirrhosis of the liver can cause gynecomastia.

As the use of antipsychotic medications in children has become more common, doctors have seen an increase in cases of gynecomastia. Specifically, Risperdal® (risperidone) has been seen to cause gynecomastia in some children and teens that use the drug for behavior issues.

Currently, there is a movement to petition the FDA to ban Risperdal® for use in children and young adults. The petition claims that long-term results have not been studied sufficiently to allow the drug to be used with these patients.

Crater Deformity

One major cause for gynecomastia revision surgery is when too much of the male breast tissue has been removed leaving what is known as a “crater deformity”. A crater deformity is as it sounds a crater or depression under the nipple/areola complex with inadequate blending of surrounding tissue for a firm smooth contour.

Gynecomastia Consultation

Gynecomastia is an overgrowth of tissue on the male chest which is a combination of fatty tissue as well as the normal glandular tissue found in men and women. Obesity can lead to a predominance of the fatty portion of gynecomastia whereas other causes can lead to an overgrowth of the normal glandular breast tissue found in both genders. There are numerous causes of gynecomastia.

Gynecomastia Pathology Summary

RE: REVIEW ARTICLE TITLED :

BREAST CANCER INCIDENCE IN ADOLESCENT MALES UNDERGOING SUBCUTANEOUS MASTECTOMY FOR GYNECOMASTIA.

IS PATHOLOGICAL EXAMINATION JUSTIFIED?

AUTHUR:  John Koshy, M.D. from the location of plastic surgery, Baylor College of Medicine and the Department of Pathology.

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