The development of female-like breasts in men is medically referred to as gynecomastia. But not all cases of male chest development can be referred by this term. If chest size and mass is more than normal, it could also be due to other reasons. Such a condition is not necessarily gynecomastia; it could be pseudogynecomastia. Though both cases have similar symptoms it is best to know the difference, in order to seek the right treatment. How do you differentiate between gynecomastia and pseudogynecomastia?

The Difference between Gynecomastia and Pseudogynecomastia
The difference between the two conditions is based on the type of mass that causes chest enlargement. If it is gynecomastia, then the enlargement is because of breast tissue. But if it is pseudogynecomastia, the enlargement is because of fat tissue. Fat deposits in the chest area and nipples look very similar to a case of gynecomastia.

The word ‘pseudo’ refers to false. It looks like gynecomastia but is not gynecomastia.
Doctors typically identify the difference by moving their fingers on the patient’s chest. If they feel a rubbery mass, then it is diagnosed as gynecomastia. But if they do not feel anything, it is pseudogynecomastia, which is made up of fat.

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