Do sculptures and paintings of King Tutankhamun reveal signs of gynecomastia?
14 September 2012A British medical expert has suggested that Tutankhamun, the boy king of Egypt, may have suffered from a hormonal imbalance that left him with enlarged mammary glands. According to a report by the Daily Mail newspaper, Hutan Ashrafian, a lecturer in general surgery at Imperial College London, believes that Tutankhamun's 'feminine physique' may have been related to a type of epilepsy, which in turn could have led to his premature death. Mr Ashrafian said sculptures and paintings depict the pharaoh with large hips and breasts. It's believed that Tutankhamun may have died in a fall, and the surgeon has suggested this could have been preceded by an epileptic seizure in his temporal lobe. This part of the brain is involved in the release of sex hormones. The abnormal development of large mammary glands in men, known as gynecomastia, is estimated to affect between 40 and 60 per cent of males to some degree. It results in excess fatty tissue around the chest area, commonly referred to as 'man boobs'. Many sufferers turn to male chest surgery in order to achieve a more masculine body shape and to improve their self-confidence as a result. Medical historian Howard Markel told the newspaper that the theory was "very interesting" but added that there was no way to prove whether or not it was correct. See original article here: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2202342/Curse-pharaohs-man-boobs-Tutankhamens-death-blamed-inherited-disorder-led-unusually-large-breasts.html