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Breast asymmetry
Category: Breast Anatomy | Posted On: March 30, 2013 |

What is Breast Asymmetry?

Breast asymmetry is a condition where one breast is larger than the other.

Causes of breast asymmetry

The exact cause of asymmetric breasts is unknown, but possible contributors include hormonal changes or traumatic injuries. Occasionally, an underlying medical or skeletal condition may cause asymmetrical breasts. Other possible causes include curvature of the spine, and deformities in the chest.

What breast asymmetry could suggest

Because the breasts are especially sensitive to developmental interference (genetic and environmental), breast symmetry indicates a woman of good health and thus of good breeding stock, who shall successfully bear more (surviving) children than will a woman with asymmetrical breasts.

The difference in the size of a woman's right and left breast may help predict her risk for developing breast cancer.

Although few women have perfectly symmetrical breasts, but research suggests that larger difference in size is an independent risk factor for the disease.

Treatment of breast asymmetry

It is typically treated with surgery. This could involve reduction of the larger breast, or using implants to augment the smaller breast.

Any sudden or recent differences in breast size due to underlying breast masses should be evaluated by a doctor, either by starting the evaluation with your primary care doctor or seeing a surgeon who specializes in breasts.

 

References:

·         Eidlitz-Markus T et al Breast asymmetry during adolescence: physiologic and non-physiologic causes. Isr Med Assoc J. 2010 Apr;12(4):203-6.

·         http://www.thebreastexpert.com/BreastAsymmetry.html

·         Sickles EA. The spectrum of breast asymmetries: imaging features, work-up, management. Radiol Clin North Am. 2007 Sep;45(5):765-71, v.

·         http://www.webmd.com/breast-cancer/news/20060320/breast-asymmetry-points-to-cancer-risk

What is Breast Asymmetry?

Breast asymmetry is a condition where one breast is larger than the other.

Causes of breast asymmetry

The exact cause of asymmetric breasts is unknown, but possible contributors include hormonal changes or traumatic injuries. Occasionally, an underlying medical or skeletal condition may cause asymmetrical breasts. Other possible causes include curvature of the spine, and deformities in the chest.

What breast asymmetry could suggest

Because the breasts are especially sensitive to developmental interference (genetic and environmental), breast symmetry indicates a woman of good health and thus of good breeding stock, who shall successfully bear more (surviving) children than will a woman with asymmetrical breasts.

The difference in the size of a woman's right and left breast may help predict her risk for developing breast cancer.

Although few women have perfectly symmetrical breasts, but research suggests that larger difference in size is an independent risk factor for the disease.

Treatment of breast asymmetry

It is typically treated with surgery. This could involve reduction of the larger breast, or using implants to augment the smaller breast.

Any sudden or recent differences in breast size due to underlying breast masses should be evaluated by a doctor, either by starting the evaluation with your primary care doctor or seeing a surgeon who specializes in breasts.

 

References:

·         Eidlitz-Markus T et al Breast asymmetry during adolescence: physiologic and non-physiologic causes. Isr Med Assoc J. 2010 Apr;12(4):203-6.

·         http://www.thebreastexpert.com/BreastAsymmetry.html

·         Sickles EA. The spectrum of breast asymmetries: imaging features, work-up, management. Radiol Clin North Am. 2007 Sep;45(5):765-71, v.

·         http://www.webmd.com/breast-cancer/news/20060320/breast-asymmetry-points-to-cancer-risk

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