Fire-settng behavior associated with Klinefelter syndrome

Int J Psychiatry Med. 2002;32(4):395-9. doi: 10.2190/306P-N7R9-91T1-L8LJ.


This is a report on a male patient with a previous history of psychotic disorder who was arrested for arson. During the following hospitalization in a psychiatric unit, a genetic syndrome, namely Klinefelter syndrome (47,XXY), was diagnosed. The association between firesetting behavior and Klinefelter syndrome is reviewed, and the underlying explanatory hypothesis is discussed.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Antipsychotic Agents / therapeutic use
  • Firesetting Behavior / complications*
  • Haloperidol / therapeutic use
  • Humans
  • Klinefelter Syndrome / complications*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Psychotic Disorders / drug therapy
  • Psychotic Disorders / psychology


  • Antipsychotic Agents
  • Haloperidol