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Am J Med Genet Suppl. 1987;3:297-302.

Chronic renal failure and XY gonadal dysgenesis: "Frasier" syndrome--a commentary on reported cases.

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Department of Medicine, University of Wisconsin, Madison.


The development of chronic renal failure because of parenchymatous renal disease in patients in 46,XY gonadal dysgenesis was noted initially by Drash et al [J Pediatr 76:585-593, 1970]. However, we think that some of the cases reported as examples of the Drash syndrome are a different disorder. In this paper, we review six previously reported patients with streak gonads, pseudohermaphroditism, and renal failure. In several of these patients the diagnosis was established only after a successful kidney transplantation during evaluation for primary amenorrhea. Gonadoblastoma arising from the streak gonad was noted in five of the six patients. "Frasier" syndrome would be a suitable term to denote this association after Frasier et al, who described two patients in 1964. We recommend evaluation of the gonads in prepubertal girls with end-stage renal disease at risk for this syndrome.

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