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Endocrine Abstracts (2015) 37 EP174 | DOI: 10.1530/endoabs.37.EP174

Reproduction, endocrine disruptors and signalling

47,XYY syndrome and hypogonadotropic hypogonadism: is this coincidence or a diverse spectrum of the syndrome?

Fatma Dilek Dellal1, Cevdet Aydin2, Nagihan Bestepe2, Reyhan Ersoy2 & Bekir Cakir2

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1Department of Endocrinology and Metabolism, Ataturk Education and Research Hospital, Ankara, Turkey; 2Department of Endocrinology and Metabolism, School of Medicine, Ataturk Education and Research Hospital, Yildirim Beyazit University, Ankara, Turkey.


Introduction: 47,XYY syndrome is characterized by an extra copy of the Y chromosome in each cells of a male. It occurs in about 1/1000 of newborn boys and most males with this syndrome have normal sexual development and fertility. They tend to have tall stature and mild motor and language developmental problems. Testosterone levels are normal. Increased rate of criminal activity in XYY males was related to a lack of judgement and lower socioeconomic status due to a lower mean IQ score.

Case report: A 21 year-old-man applied to our clinic with complaints of small testis and penis and, lack of beard and ejaculation. He had normal libido and erection. There was no family history of infertility. He had not commited any crime. In physical examination, he had eunuchoid habitus, his height was 178 cm, weight was 66.6 kg, and BMI was 21 kg/m2. His testes were palpable in the scrotum. Axillary and pubic hair development were consistent with Tanner stage 4. Penis length was 6.5 cm. His neurocognitive development were normal. Hormonal tests revealed hypogonadotropic hypogonadism. Other hypophyseal hormones were normal. Bone age was 14 years and epiphyseal plates were open. In testicular ultrasonography, volumes were 8 ml on the right and 7.5 ml on the left. Hypophyseal MRI showed partially empty sella. In chromosomal analysis, 47,XYY karyotype was detected. After administration of human chorionic gonadotropin treatment, androgen levels increased and ejaculation started although in small amounts (<0.5 ml).

Conclusion: Men with 47,XYY syndrome have a diverse spectrum of clinical presentation and because of the heterogeneous phenotype and lack of specific symptoms, its diagnosis may be difficult. As presented in our case, hypogonadotropic hypogonadism might be a presenting feature in patients with 47,XYY genotype.

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