Breast nonmalignant
Nonneoplastic changes
Gynecomastia-like changes of female breast

Topic Completed: 1 February 2016

Minor changes: 28 August 2019

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PubMed Search: Gynecomastia-like changes breast

Monika Roychowdhury, M.D.
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Cite this page: Roychowdhury M. Gynecomastia-like changes of female breast. website. Accessed May 31st, 2020.
Definition / general
  • Increased ducts and prominent stroma, histologically identical to gynecomastia of the male breast
Essential features
  • Young patients with palpable mass lesion, typically negative mammography
  • Microscopy shows poorly circumscribed lesion with ductal hyperplasia and micropapillae, periductal fibrosis, periductal edema (similar to male gynecomastia)
  • No lobules seen
  • Often adjacent fibrocystic changes present
  • Benign, no increased risk for malignancy
  • Also called gynecomastoid hyperplasia
Clinical features
  • Mean age 32 years, patients present with palpable mass associated with fibrocystic changes in adjacent breast
Radiology images

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Bilateral mammograms

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1 cm noncalcified nodule

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Retroareolar mass

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Retroareolar tissue

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Enlarging asymmetric density

Microscopic (histologic) description
  • Poorly circumscribed areas of ductal hyperplasia with micropapillae, periductal stromal fibrosis or edema and slight lymphocytic infiltrate
  • Involves one low power field or entire core fragment of at least 1 cm, without terminal duct lobular units present (same as male gynecomastia)
  • No associated mammary hamartomatous changes, no areas of juvenile hyperplasia, no juvenile fibroadenoma
Microscopic (histologic) images

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Proliferation of ducts with periductal fibrosis but without lobules

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Mild lymphocytic infiltrate

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Ducts but no lobules

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Epithelial proliferations

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Myoepithelial layer

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Edematous periductal stroma

Differential diagnosis
  • Hamartoma: sharply circumscribed, has lobules, variable smooth muscle or cartilage, no periductal stromal changes
  • Pubertal macromastia: young patients, massive involvement
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