KS/XXY for Adults
Klinefelter’s Syndrome (KS)/XXY is a common congenital condition (that means it is present at birth).
It is found in around 1 in 600 live male births and is caused by the presence of one or more additional sex chromosomes.
Chromosomes are genetic material. Males typically have one X and one Y chromosome (XY) and females have two X chromosomes (XX). People with KS have two X chromosomes and one Y chromosome (XXY). This is why the KSA refers to the condition as KS/XXY.
KS/XXY is diagnosed by a genetic blood test which identifies the karyotype i.e. the number, size and shape of the chromosomes.
Although the condition is relatively common, its effects are not well understood.
Common health issues
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