Doctors perform breast reduction surgery on 12-year-old boy

Source:Global Times Published: 2017/11/15 19:13:39

A 12-year-old boy in East China underwent breast reduction surgery to remedy a condition doctors said is becoming more frequent among young males due to unhealthy diets.  

Doctors at Ningbo City Medical Treatment Center performed the three-hour procedure on Xiaoming (pseudonym) to reduce the pre-teen's breasts which had grown to a B cup, local media reported. 

Gynaecomastia is a condition that causes mammary growth in men.

"Xiaoming looks just like an ordinary boy, but his breasts are like those of a 17- to 18-year-old girl," said head surgeon Ji Xiaochun, who added his condition developed over three years.

According to Ji, gynaecomastia is sometimes linked to obesity, which can result in an imbalance of testosterone and estrogen. It also can be the result of hormonal changes, especially among adolescents.

While Xiaoming has relatively normal body weight, Ji said junk food and snacks made up a large portion of his diet.

In another recent case, a 15-year-old boy in Wuhan, Hubei Province also had breast reduction surgery for a similar condition that was also linked to his high-fat diet, Chutian Metropolis Daily reported on Friday.

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