Klinefelter syndrome is a genetic condition that occurs in males when they have an extra X chromosome.
47 X-X-Y syndrome; XXY syndrome; XXY trisomy; 47,XXY/46,XY; Mosaic syndrome; Poly-X Klinefelter syndrome
Most people have 46 chromosomes. Chromosomes contain all of your genes and DNA, the building blocks of the body. The 2 sex chromosomes (X and Y) determine if you become a boy or a girl. Girls normally have 2 X chromosomes. Boys normally have 1 X and 1 Y chromosome.
Klinefelter syndrome results when a boy is born with at least 1 extra X chromosome. This is written as XXY.
Klinefelter syndrome occurs in about 1 out of 500 to 1,000 baby boys. Women who get pregnant after age 35 are slightly more likely to have a boy with this syndrome than younger women.
Infertility is the most common symptom of Klinefelter syndrome.
Symptoms may include any of the following:
Testosterone therapy may be prescribed. This can help:
Most men with this syndrome are not able to get a woman pregnant. An infertility specialist may be able to help. Seeing a doctor called an endocrinologist may also be helpful.
Alberto Ferlin is in Padova, Italy. Ferlin is rated as an Elite expert by MediFind in the treatment of Klinefelter Syndrome. He is also highly rated in 14 other conditions, according to our data. His top areas of expertise are Klinefelter Syndrome, Hypogonadism, Intersex, and Low Testosterone.
Claus Gravholt is in Aarhus N, Denmark. Gravholt is rated as an Elite expert by MediFind in the treatment of Klinefelter Syndrome. He is also highly rated in 16 other conditions, according to our data. His top areas of expertise are Gonadal Dysgenesis, Intersex, Klinefelter Syndrome, and Hypogonadism.
Anne Skakkebaek is in Arhus, Denmark. Skakkebaek is rated as an Elite expert by MediFind in the treatment of Klinefelter Syndrome. She is also highly rated in 6 other conditions, according to our data. Her top areas of expertise are Klinefelter Syndrome, Intersex, Hypogonadism, and Triple X Syndrome.
These sources can provide more information on Klinefelter syndrome:
Enlarged teeth with a thinning surface is very common in Klinefelter syndrome. This is called taurodontism. This can be seen on dental x-rays.
Klinefelter syndrome also increases the risk of:
Contact your provider if your son does not develop secondary sexual characteristics at puberty. This includes facial hair growth and a deepening of the voice.
A genetics counselor can provide information about this condition and direct you to support groups in your area.
Published Date : October 27, 2020
Published By : Anna C. Edens Hurst, MD, MS, Associate Professor in Medical Genetics, The University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.
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