KS/XXY

Klinefelter’s Syndrome (KS)/XXY isn't rare ...but it is rarely diagnosed.  It is occurs in around 1 in 600 live male births.

Many medical professionals are unaware how common it is and often fail to diagnose it.

75% of those affected are never diagnosed. 

Chromosome

An early diagnosis can be life changing.

If diagnosed in childhood, appropriate support can ensure the child flourishes and reaches their potential.

Early promotion of a healthy life style can help to avoid many health problems.

Although very few men will be able to father children without assistance, there are techniques already available by which sperm could be extracted from the testes.  The procedure is more likely to be successful in younger adults.

Fertility options

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.

Scientific background

Common symptoms

Diagnosis

Treatment

Common health issues

Fertility options

The future

Useful links

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Samaritans

If you are feeling suicidal,  please contact the Samaritans
They are available 24 hours per day, phone: 116 123 or visit samaritans.org