Klinefelter syndrome

What is Klinefelter syndrome?

Klinefelter syndrome is a genetic condition that only affects males and is characterised as the presence of an additional X chromosome. In the UK, on average 1 in 600 baby boys born will be afflicted with the condition.

What are the characteristics of Klinefelter syndrome?

Klinefelter syndrome often goes undiagnosed until the boy reaches the age of puberty. It is during this time that physical characteristics may become apparent such as low energy and sex drive, lack of muscle and too much fat around the stomach area. The fertility of the man may also be impaired.

What are the treatment options for Klinefelter syndrome?

Many men will live their entire lives without being aware that they carry this genetic condition. Consequently, there is no standard treatment for this condition. However, there are more and more treatment options for infertility problems which are becoming more common place.

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