Also known as: breast diseases
What are breast disorders?
There is a wide range of breast problems found in children: - some occur
Congenital breast disorders (occur before birth)
Benign breast disorders (not cancerous)
Cancerous breast disorders
Most breast disorders are benign and usually self-limiting.
Girls and boys may both present with breast issues. Perhaps the commonest breast abnormality in young girls seen in the pediatrician's office is a one sided breast enlargement (when one breast bud develops earlier or faster than the other).
Breast development typically begins between the ages of 8-13; and lasts for an average of 10.3 years.
What causes breast disorders?
The cause of a breast disorder will vary depending on the diagnosis. Some changes simply occur with age or changing hormone levels as the child matures into puberty. Others may be the result of congenital anomalies of the breast, infections, certain medications and genetic or hereditary factors.
What are the signs/ symptoms of breast disorders?
Some signs and symptoms of abnormal breast development include:
Abnormal breast enlargement
One breast larger than the other
Skin changes (redness)
Lump/thickening felt in the breast
What are breast disorder care options?
In some cases treatment may not be needed. If treatment is needed factors like your child's age, the diagnosis and severity of the problem and you/your child's psychosocial well being, will determine will determine the best approach.
Your Nicklaus Children's Hospital specialist physician will discuss and guide you to make the best decision for your child.
Reviewed by: Jack Wolfsdorf, MD, FAAP
This page was last updated on: September 09, 2020 11:14 AM