The XXXXY sex chromosome abnormality

Can Med Assoc J. 1962 Oct 27;87(17):891-901.


The most common sex chromosome complex in sex chromatin-positive males with Klinefelter's syndrome is XXY. When the complex is XXYY or XXXY, the clinical findings do not seem to differ materially from those seen in XXY subjects, although more patients with these intersexual chromosome complements need to be studied to establish possible phenotypical expressions of the chromosomal variants.Two male children with an XXXXY sex chromosome abnormality are described. The data obtained from the study of these cases and five others described in the literature suggest that the XXXXY patient is likely to have congenital defects not usually seen in the common form of the Klinefelter syndrome. These include a triad of (1) skeletal anomalies (including radioulnar synostosis), (2) hypogenitalism (hypoplasia of penis and scrotum, incomplete descent of testes and defective prepubertal development of seminiferous tubules), and (3) greater risk of severe mental deficiency.That the conclusions are based on data from a small number of patients is emphasized, together with the need for a cytogenetic survey of a large control or unselected population.

MeSH terms

  • Child
  • Chromosomes*
  • Cytogenetics*
  • Disorders of Sex Development*
  • Humans
  • Intellectual Disability*
  • Klinefelter Syndrome*
  • Male
  • Phenotype*
  • Seminiferous Tubules*
  • Sex Chromatin*
  • Sex Chromosome Aberrations*
  • Sex Chromosomes*
  • Testis*