Woman with 36NNN breasts has 15lbs of tissue removed after hormones balloon breast

A sharp pain surging across her chest, an ache creeping up her neck, causing a debilitating migraine.

Kerisha Mark, from Beaumont, Texas, feared they were the symptoms of a heart attack or brain tumour.

But the then 39-year-old was not at risk of either life-threatening conditions.

Instead doctors told her the pain was the result of her breasts and a rare condition, gigantomastia.

Ms Mark had always had an exceptionally large chest.

But by her late 30s, her bust had grown to a staggering 36NNN.

The rapid growth was the result of the hormonal condition.

Gigantomastia is diagnosed when breast weight exceeds three per cent of a person’s body weight.

The enlargement can cause muscle pain, and over-stretching of the skin envelope, which can lead to ulceration.

The condition usually affects one breast more than the other, causing asymmetry.

It is thought the underlying cause of the condition is a heightened sensitivity to female hormones prolactin, oestrogen and progesterone.

For Ms Mark the condition resulted in pulled chest muscles, severe back pain and emotional distress, the Washington Post reported.

‘I could not run or jump or work out at all,’ she said.

‘I was very limited in a lot of things I could do.’

She estimated her breasts weighed around 15lbs each, and said she had been forced to use duct tape to hold them in place.

Having considered surgery as an option for years, Ms Mark made the decision to mark her 40th birthday by having treatment.
Eyewitness News cameras followed Ms Mark into the operating theatre.

‘I was like, happy birthday to me!’ she said.

She recalled how her large breasts have hampered daily life ever since she was young.

‘My first time at boot camp, I did a jumping jack and my bra snapped,’ she told the cameras.

She added: ‘I started to have really bad headaches. Women and men want to touch them to see if they are real. It’s real intimidating.’

Dr Franklin Rose, a plastic surgeon based in Houston, performed the operation.

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