Can tuberous breast deformity passed down to your children whenever you have them?

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The genetics of tuberous breast aren’t really known

That’s a great question. The genetics of tuberous breast aren’t really known. There have been cases of twins with the same tuberous breast issues indicating there may be a genetic component. In the majority of cases there is no apparent link. If you are looking to have plastic surgery to correct them, make sure to see a surgeon who has had experience performing on patients who also have tuberous breast deformity. Best of luck!

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Hello Mae, Thank you for your excellent question! At this time there is no link to genetics and tuberous breasts.

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Brian Coan, MD, FACS
Raleigh-Durham Plastic Surgeon
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Tuberous Breasts


So far, research would suggest that, no, tuberous breast deformity is not hereditary. Further research could change that understanding however. It does not appear likely that you would pass tuberous breast constriction on to your children.

All the best

Jerome Edelstein, MD
Toronto Plastic Surgeon
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Is tuberous breast inherited?

Thanks for your inquiry and my training and some research into your question would be to say no..., but some patterns of inheritance have just not been identified. 

Vishnu Rumalla, MD
Dallas Plastic Surgeon
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Concern for breast deformity inheritance

As far as we know, there are no clear inherited genetic causes for tuberous breast deformity.  We are unaware of any specific genes linked to the issue.  Could there be a genetic tendency to form breasts in a similar fashion?  Sure.  But, it is likely to be a sporadic occurrence influenced by a variety of factors.  So, do not worry over it. 

Jennifer Lauren Crawford, MD
Austin Plastic Surgeon
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Hereditary possibility of tuberous breasts

Thank you for your question.

Tuberous breast is a congenital abnormality that occurs during puberty breast development in BOTH men and women due to strong attachment between the chest wall and overlying skin, a constriction ring. It can be classified by a combination of reduced breast diameter, underdevelopment of the breasts, areolar overgrowth, protrusion of the nipple areola complex, breast sagging, and breast asymmetry. Interestingly, it can often happen on only one side of the body.

The causes of tuberous breasts are still undefined and unclear.

Majority of the cases seem to be isolated cases, where the mother and father have no prior problems. However, a recent study by Klinger et al. titled “Tuberous Breast: Morphological study and overview of a borderline entity” observed 2 cases of tuberous breasts in twin males with gynecomastia suggesting a role of genetic influence and familial transmission.

However, more studies are needed to look into this and right now it seems that the majority of cases occur sporadically during puberty development.

Hope this helps.

Martin Jugenburg, MD
Toronto Plastic Surgeon
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Tuberous breasts

There is no known genetic tendency for this condition and the cause remains unknown so it would be unlikely for you to pass the condition on 

Tuberous breast

That answer is unknown.  The exact cause of tuberous breasts is unknown at this point.  It appears to be something in the anatomy someone is born with in combination with the development of the breast at puberty.  This can develop to varying degrees even on different sides of the same patient.  

Tyler C. Street, MD
Napa Plastic Surgeon
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