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Neonatal Gynecomastia

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  • Enlargement of the breasts, usually progressing over the first 2 months of life
  • Breast discharge is also sometimes seen
  • The breasts should not be red, warm, or tender in neonatal gynecomastia.  Those findings are more consistent with other diseases.

  • Neonatal gynecomastia is caused by the passage of maternal hormones across the placenta during pregnancy.  When infants are born, these hormones persist for a short time, and their bodies "think" they are entering puberty.  This leads to enlargement of the breasts.  This is seen in both male and female infants.

  • Diagnosis is made by physical examination; no laboratory tests are necessary.

  • No treatment is necessary.  As the mother's hormones exit the baby's bloodstream, the breast tissue will disappear.

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