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Genet Med. 2003 Nov-Dec;5(6):460-8.

Klinefelter syndrome: expanding the phenotype and identifying new research directions.

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Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas 77030, USA.

Abstract

PURPOSE:

The purpose of this study is to summarize new data on etiology and clinical features of Klinefelter syndrome in order to derive research priorities.

METHODS:

This study was conducted using critical reviews of selective topics, emphasizing less well-recognized clinical findings.

RESULTS AND CONCLUSIONS:

The phenotype of the prototypic 47,XXY case is well recognized: seminiferous tubule dysgenesis and androgen deficiency. Less well appreciated is the varied expressivity of 47,XXY Klinefelter syndrome, in particular neurological/cognitive perturbations like language and behavioral problems. Effective therapies are available. Reproductive technologies allow 47,XXY men to sire offspring through intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI); however, genetic counseling is complex and success is low. Behavioral and expressive language difficulties are amenable to treatment by androgen therapy and psychological help. Early treatment may be imperative for optimal outcome.

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