Title

Fire-Setting Behavior in Individuals With Klinefelter Syndrome

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

7-1-1988

Abstract

Klinefelter syndrome is a sex chromosome disorder with an incidence of approximately two per 1,000 male newborns.1 Eighty percent of individuals with Klinefelter syndrome are 47,XXY, whereas the other 20% have a variant sex chromosomal constitution with additional supernumerary X or Y chromosomes (ie, 48,XXXY, 48XXYY) or are mosaic.2 Individuals with Klinefelter syndrome have small testes which usually cannot produce sperm or normal amounts of testosterone. The results of this are infertility and undermasculinization. Behavioral and psychiatric problems are also common in individuals with Klinefelter syndrome and include personality disorder, reactive depression, schizophrenia, mental deficiency, sexual deviation, criminal behavior, and alcoholism.3

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