The Klinefelter Syndrome may be one of the most psychologically damaging diseases known to man. This is because it does not only affect your physical body but also your emotional state. This article will focus on what Klinefelter syndrome really is and how it can be treated if possible.
What is Klinefelter Syndrome?
Klinefelter Syndrome refers to a condition wherein there is a presence of an extra chromosome in a normal set of male chromosomes. Normally a male would have one X chromosomes and one Y chromosome.
If the affected person has Klinefelter syndrome, he would have an extra X chromosome making it the XXY chromosome. This would present various symptoms that can affect the patients negatively guess not treated properly.
An affected male is said to have hypogonadism. This means that the patient may have more female more female characteristics than male. Although, it usually comes with a connotation of having a small sex organ, this is not always the case.
This just means that the affected mail may have problems in terms of performance and sexual functioning of the organ. In addition, the affected patients may also have problems with their testosterone levels.
According to some researches, patients affected by Klinefelter syndrome usually has more follicle stimulating hormones than testosterone which would explain the difference in terms of physicality between a patient with Klinefelter syndrome and a normal booking male.
- Physical differences
- Round body type
- Lanky built
- Increased breast tissue (gynecomastia)
In some cases, man with gynecomastia which is fairly visible would opt to have surgery because of the psychic social repercussions.
This condition happens when the developing homologous or same-type chromosomes fail to separate during inception. If this happens, it will produce an extra X chromosome which will affect the patient in such a way that changes his body type and internal organ functions in the future.
This disease may affect the patient in terms of incurring psychological damage as well as damage to the self esteem. This is because an affected person would not look like the “normal looking” male.
This is why it is very important for the family as well as the people around the patient to make sure that he has a great support system that will allow him to live as normally as possible even with Klinefelter syndrome.
Usually doctors would recommend hormonal therapy to make sure that the testosterone levels in humans affected by the disease can be increased to normal levels. Unfortunately though, the genetic variation that the condition produces would be irreversible.
The condition was named after Dr. Harry Klinefelter. This is because he was the one who discovered the condition. It was also found out that people with this condition would have an increased risk when it comes to having breast cancer and osteoporosis.
While this condition may be embarrassing for some, it is important that these affected individuals know that it would not be the end of the world if they have symptoms of the condition. It would help them to learn that they are loved despite having the condition.
In addition, it is also important that patients know about the options that they can have in terms of making themselves look acceptable in terms of societal norms.