Phenotypic variation in a family with partial androgen insensitivity syndrome

Am J Dis Child. 1980 May;134(5):470-3. doi: 10.1001/archpedi.1980.02130170020008.


A family with partial androgen insensitivity syndrome exhibited considerable variation in phenotypic expression of their androgen resistance. One subject died at 2 1/2 years of age of a Wilms' tumor. In the two living members, one had a micropenis with otherwise normal genitalia, while the other had a small phallus, perineoscrotal hypospadias, bifid scrotum, and persistence of a vaginoutricular pouch. At puberty, plasma androgens and serum gonadotropins increased to normal or elevated values. However, despite adequate endogenous plasma testosterone levels and testosterone therapy, these patients showed poor virilization and were sterile. Studies of cultured sexual skin fibroblasts showed adequate 5 alpha-reductase activity and normal receptor affinity and capacity for dihydrotestosterone. An X-linked mode of inheritance is postulated, although autosomal dominance cannot be ruled out.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Disorders of Sex Development / complications
  • Disorders of Sex Development / genetics*
  • Female
  • Follicle Stimulating Hormone / blood
  • Humans
  • Hypospadias / complications
  • Kidney Neoplasms / complications
  • Male
  • Pedigree
  • Penis / abnormalities
  • Phenotype
  • Syndrome
  • Wilms Tumor / complications


  • Follicle Stimulating Hormone