British Leprosy Relief Association
Gynaecothelia – A common yet ignored sign of multibacillary leprosy in males: A case series with review of literature
A.K. Jaiswal and T.S. Nagesh
Gynaecothelia in males
aDepartment of Dermatology, Venereology and Leprology, Vydehi Institute of Medical Sciences & Research Center, Bangalore 560066, India
bDepartment of Dermatology, Venereology and Leprology, Sapthagiri Institute of Medical Sciences & Research Center, Bangalore 560090, India
Correspondence to: A.K. Jaiswal, Senavihar, I-635, Kammanahalli Main Road, PO Kalyannagar, Bangalore 560043, India (e-mail: email@example.com)
Leprosy is one of the causes of gynaecothelia (enlargement of nipples), however little has been published about this common but usually ignored sign. Herein, we report nine male patients with multibacillary leprosy who had gynaecothelia although only two of them had associated gynaecomastia. None of these patients was aware of gynaecothelia until it was detected by the treating doctor during examination. This study is presented to highlight this common but ignored sign, which may occur specifically in multibacillary leprosy.