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January 1970

XXXXY Boy: A 15-Month-Old Child With Normal Intellectual Development

Author Affiliations

New York
From the Department of Pediatrics, divisions of medical genetics (Drs. Shapiro, Hsu, and Hirschhorn) and child development (Dr. Calvin), Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York.

Am J Dis Child. 1970;119(1):79-81. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1970.02100050081019

The XXXXY syndrome has several distinctive phenotypic features, the most prominent of which are mental retardation and hypogonadism (small penis and small and/or undescended testes). Of the 61 cases of the XXXXY syndrome reviewed, not including the present case, all of the patients had severe mental retardation. Other characteristics include skeletal abnormalities, especially of the elbows and wrists, and clinodactyly of the fifth fingers.1-5

Despite the generally accepted contention that the probability of mental retardation increases proportionately with the number of X chromosomes present,2 the 15-month-old XXXXY boy reported here has a normal Gessell adaptive maturity level with only minor motor abnormalities.

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