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Author Topic: anyone have lumps behind nipples?  (Read 3337 times)

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Offline slickrick

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anyone have lumps behind nipples?
« on: August 29, 2007, 07:10:50 AM »
Been on Atripla for about 8 months and have discovered that my tits are beginning to grow. One is bigger then the other and it's ugly and embarrassing. I went to one doc and he told me it would go away but it's growing. I was referred to a plastic surgeon by my HIV PA who then referred me to a general surgeon who I will see today about having them cut out. I also had a mamagram and it appeared that it was non cancerous and 'fatty tissue' This is my first post and I am not familiar with forums so bear with me.

Offline J.R.E.

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Re: anyone have lumps behind nipples?
« Reply #1 on: August 29, 2007, 08:59:57 AM »
Hello Rick,

Welcome to the forums. I don't have the problems with any kind of lumps in the pec area.About 6 months or so after starting in treatment in 03, i was having some fatty deposits, around the shoulders mostly. Those did go away on their own.

I do have a problem with my chest getting "flabby" and it bounces a lot. I think I need one of those Seinfeld "manziers".

Good luck at the doctors today. Keep us informed as to whats going on. It's also good that you had things checked out for any signs of cancer. Guys can get breast cancer also ! Got to stay on top of things.

Take care-----Ray

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Offline redhotmuslbear

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Re: anyone have lumps behind nipples?
« Reply #2 on: August 29, 2007, 01:43:53 PM »
Welcome to the exciting game of "Meds? HIV? Genes? Age? or something else?"

Neither Atripla or its constituents are renowned for inducing odd breast tissue, at least  HIVers males are more likely to have abnormal tissue that the general male population;  then again, breast cancer in otherwise healthy men is not freakish, though rarely discussed.  Then again, what you've got could be something as benign as a cyst from a clogged sweat gland or follicle.

Best that you are being aggressive about follow-up.  In the event that it were cancer, you would not want it spreading through the lymph system and to other organs!

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Re: anyone have lumps behind nipples?
« Reply #3 on: August 29, 2007, 01:44:17 PM »
Not for nothing, but I did have lumps kind of like this but back in college and they did go away.  This was all pre-HIV, thought technically maybe not because I was possibly first infected around that time.  Anyway, it disappeared after a couple of years on its own so your first doctor could very well have given you proper advice.  I never discussed it with a doctor at the time, nor gave it much thought over the past 20 years since it happened but there you go.
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Re: anyone have lumps behind nipples?
« Reply #4 on: August 29, 2007, 02:14:58 PM »

I remembered reading this a while ago  -->  http://forums.poz.com/index.php?topic=7766.msg90341#msg90341

Efavirenz-associated Gynecomastia: Report of Five Cases

Gynecomastia in the Swiss HIV Cohort Study: An Association with Potent Antiretroviral Therapy

Offline frenchpat

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Re: anyone have lumps behind nipples?
« Reply #5 on: August 29, 2007, 03:30:04 PM »

this did happen to me right about the time when I switched regimen. Because mostly of lipo issues I went from a dual combo (zerit-epivir) to tri therapy, using Kaletra-Viread-Ziagen.

Within the first few months my right breast started growing and i could feel a hardened "ball" underneath the nipple. I had it checked by 2 doctors and had a mammography done. This revealed nothing wrong, merely a slight augmentation in volume of the mammary gland. It took a few months for the growth to settle back to almost normal. By this I mean that I can still feel a difference underneath the nipple compared to the left one but you can not notice a difference in breast size.
I wish I could say the same for my slowly growing hump and the fat on my abdomen.

Hope this helps,

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Offline slickrick

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Re: anyone have lumps behind nipples?
« Reply #6 on: August 29, 2007, 06:03:15 PM »
Thanks guys so much for all of your help. The doc said that it didn't appear to be a cancer and my guess is Gynecomastia. I guess that I need to look for another HIV doctor since she should have told me about this and not the other way around!

Offline cruisin512

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Re: anyone have lumps behind nipples?
« Reply #7 on: September 10, 2007, 09:49:26 PM »
This is gynecomastia.

I had it from puberty until I was 36 and had it corrected (before I became HIV +).

Some HIV meds can cause this condition.  In fact I have noticed a little thickening in that area myself, but I put on about 10 pounds in the last 4-5 months also...time to hit the gym...

Gynecomastia can be corrected surgically, but if it's your meds that are causing it, it can come back.  You might want to try a different combo (with the blessing of your doc) and see if it goes away first.

If you end up going through the surgery, be sure to use a surgeon who has a lot of experience with gynecomastia correction.  Depending upon your condition, they with use liposuction and/or excision (cutting).

Do a web search.  There are some discussion boards about gynecomastia.

Good luck.


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