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Revista Brasileira de Ginecologia e Obstetrícia
Print version ISSN 0100-7203
SILVA FILHO, Amadeu Ramos da et al. Massive Hypertrophy of the Breasts in Pregnancy: A Case Report. Rev. Bras. Ginecol. Obstet. [online]. 2002, vol.24, n.6, pp. 413-417. ISSN 0100-7203. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0100-72032002000600009.
Massive hypertrophy of the breast in pregnancy is a rare condition, with few cases reported. In spite of the unknown etiology, it seems to be an exaggerated response of the breast receptors to the pregnancy hormones. Although it can happen in any pregnancy, it presents great capacity to recur in all subsequent pregnancies. The rapid and colossal breast enlargement determines pain and the involvement of the shoulder skeleton and muscles. The excessive enlargement may promote necrosis and ulceration of the skin, leading to breast infection. The authors report one case at the second pregnancy, explaining management during the pregnancy, lactation inhibition with bromocriptine immediately after the delivery and the banding of the elevated breast. They also emphasize the importance of reduction mammoplasty a few months after delivery.
Keywords : Gigantomastia in pregnancy; Benign disease of the breast; Complications of pregnancy.