A Chinese teenager underwent surgery to partially remove one of his breasts after it mysteriously grew to the size of an A-cup bra, according to Daily Mail.
The patient, who preferred to go by a false name, Xiao Yang, first noticed the growth when he was 13 years old. For years, his parents would take him to various hospitals, but no one seemed to be able to cure him.
It wasn’t until he was 19 years old that Yang would finally be rid of his one boob. Dr. Pan Zhongliang, chief physician of Wenzhou Central Hospital, was able to diagnose Yang with gynecomastia, a condition where men grow woman-like breasts.
After a successful mastectomy, Yang was rid of his single boob and discharged from the hospital after a five-day stay.
The doctors assured Yang that his breast was not likely to grow back following the procedure and that his condition isn’t unheard of; his hospital reportedly receives more than 100 teenage patients every year who also suffer from gynecomastia.
Dr. Pan believes that fast food is the culprit behind the disorder, saying that they have “gender-bending” chemicals in them. He also advises that men avoid eating foods like fried chicken, royal jelly, and soy milk.
Gynecomastia is a fairly common condition that affects 40-60% of men. It’s typically caused by a hormonal imbalance, beginning in puberty, with the major symptom being the growth of woman-like breasts. The causes are known to be affected by drugs, genetics, weight gain, steroid use, and aging.