Paper Title: Management of Gynaecomastia: Port Harcourt Experience

Authors: Jamabo R., Elenwo S.

Abstract/Summary:

BACKGROUND:
Gynaecomastia is a benign enlargement of male breast glandular tissue and it is the most common breast condition
in males. Most cases of gynaecomastia are benign and of cosmetic, rather than clinical, importance. At least 30 - 35% of males are affected
during their life time. However, as it causes so much anxiety, psychosocial discomfort and fear of breast cancer, early diagnostic evaluation is
important.

AIM:
The aim of this study is to describe the management and the treatment outcome of this condition in a developing country.

METHOD:
This is a five year retrospective study, from December, 2009 to December, 2014, in which all men who presented in the
breast clinic of the hospital with history of breast lump or breast enlargement were evaluated. Out of the 21 that fell into this category, only
14 had gynaecomastia. The rest were either skin or subcutaneous lesions like lipoma, sebaceous cyst, haemangioma etc. Their detailed
histories including past medical, surgical, drug histories and their clinical findings as recorded in their case notes as well as the appropriate
investigations carried out were obtained.

RESULTS:
Nine (9) (64.3%) cases were idiopathic. Three (3) (21.4%) cases had testicular atrophy and they were bilateral. One case
(7.1%) had carcinoma of the breast and it was unilateral. Five (5) (55.6%) of the idiopathic patients had bilateral disease while the
remaining three (33.3%) had unilateral disease. Most (13) of the cases belonged to 25 – 35 years age group and the only case of the
carcinoma was aged 58years. Medical treatment with danazole or tamoxifen or both could not cause complete regression of the
gynaecomastia but they provided partial regression and symptomatic relief. Another problem experienced by most of the patients was the
inability to sustain the financial burden of maintenance of this medical treatment. In view of the above reasons, subcutaneous mastectomy
was the treatment of choice for 8(57.1%) for cosmetic reasons.

CONCLUSION:
Gynaecomastia is the most common benign condition that affects the male breast and the aetiology in most cases
is unknown. Although the psychosocial and cosmetic effects are of concern, particularly among the adolescents, a thoughtful approach
to the patient presenting with this condition can lead to improved outcomes and patient satisfaction.

Publication Date:
2015-12-31

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