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Dr. Gary Greenly
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Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome (Overview)

Androgen insensitivity syndrome (AIS) is when a person who is genetically male (has one X and one Y chromosome) is resistant to male hormones called androgens. As a result, the person has some or all of the physical characteristics of a woman, despite having the genetic makeup of a man.


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What does androgen insensitivity syndrome mean?

What does androgen insensitivity syndrome mean?

XY baby is a girl: Without testosterone (t), all babies develop as girls. So a child with 1 x & 1 y chromosome, who would normally be a boy, would develop as a girl if no t was present. In androgen insensitivity syndrome, the t is there, but the cells are insensitive to it, and don't respond, so it's as if the t was not there at all. So an xy genetic boy baby is born looking like a normal healthy baby girl. ...Read more

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Dr. Gary Greenly
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Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome (Overview)

Androgen insensitivity syndrome (AIS) is when a person who is genetically male (has one X and one Y chromosome) is resistant to male hormones called androgens. As a result, the person has some or all of the physical characteristics of a woman, despite having the genetic makeup of a man.


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What are tests for androgen insensitivity syndrome in a young person?

What are tests for androgen insensitivity syndrome in a young person?

It's complicated!: Androgen insensitivity syndrome is an extremely complex disorder due to failure of development in the genital area, with sometimes dramatic changes at puberty. Due to complex issues with gender, anatomy, and subsequent treatment, questions about this disorder should be addressed with a pediatric endocrinology consultation. ...Read more

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Does anyone famous have androgen insensitivity syndrome?

I bet you the answer: To that is yes, but i'm not sure they'll do a commercial about it... ...Read more

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What is the treatment for androgen insensitivity syndrome?

What is the treatment for androgen insensitivity syndrome?

Can be Complicated: Complete ais isn't usually discovered until a girl fails to menstruate & has little or no pubic/underarm hair. No uterus, but those w/cais have intraabdominal testes which are removed because of cancer potential. Female by default as they can't respond to androgens in utero. Partial ai: babies are born with variable degrees of virilization. Assigning sex can be complicated. ...Read more

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What is androgen insensitivity syndrome? A genetic condition?

What is androgen insensitivity syndrome? A genetic condition?

Genetic: The androgen insensitivity syndrome is a genetic condition in which the cells of a genetic male (i.e. Born with an x and a y chromosome) do not respond to testosterone so that the patient develops the external bodily appearance of a female. ...Read more

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What does androgen insensitivity syndrome mean?

XY baby is a girl: Without testosterone (t), all babies develop as girls. So a child with 1 x & 1 y chromosome, who would normally be a boy, would develop as a girl if no t was present. In androgen insensitivity syndrome, the t is there, but the cells are insensitive to it, and don't respond, so it's as if the t was not there at all. So an xy genetic boy baby is born looking like a normal healthy baby girl. ...Read more

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What is partial androgen insensitivity syndrome?

What is partial androgen insensitivity syndrome?

It's complicated!: Patient born with poor testosterone action, so a male patient is female-appearing, and is usually raised by the family as a female. Big changes at puberty, however, with breast development, but also enlargement of the clitoris which can be quite alarming, and other male sex characteristics. Removal of the testicles can preserve female body identity and appearance in this disorder. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about androgen insensitivity syndrome?

Can you tell me about androgen insensitivity syndrome?

AIS: Defects in androgen receptor function cause a disorder of sex development in which 46,XY individuals do not virilize normally, despite the presence of bilateral testes and serum testosterone concentrations within or above the normal male range. The presentation varies from Complete or Partial Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome with variable phenotypes. ...Read more

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What age do you suspect androgen insensitivity syndrome?

What age do you suspect androgen insensitivity syndrome?

Puberty: Usually, xy babies are born looking like healthy baby girls. During puberty, however, they don't develop secondary sexual characteristics that require testosterone such as axillary or pubic hair. Since estrogen is present, they grow breasts and develop a thin waist with larger hips, but don't have periods since they lack a uterus. Most often, lack of periods by age 15 or 16 leads to the diagnosis. ...Read more

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Does anyone famous have androgen insensitivity syndrome?

I bet you the answer: To that is yes, but i'm not sure they'll do a commercial about it... ...Read more

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What is androgen insensitivity syndrome and how will it affect me?

A.I.S. Quick Answer: Androgen insensitivity syndrome (ais) is when a person who is genetically male (who has one x and one y chromosome) is resistant to male hormones (called androgens). As a result, the person has some or all of the physical traits of a woman, but the genetic makeup of a man. The effect of androgen insensitivity is potentially quite profound. ...Read more

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What are tests for androgen insensitivity syndrome in a young person?

It's complicated!: Androgen insensitivity syndrome is an extremely complex disorder due to failure of development in the genital area, with sometimes dramatic changes at puberty. Due to complex issues with gender, anatomy, and subsequent treatment, questions about this disorder should be addressed with a pediatric endocrinology consultation. ...Read more

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Are people with androgen insensitivity syndrome intersex?

Variable features: Androgen insensitivity may lead to a normal looking female or, with partial insensitivity, testicles may be present. If a female, she will be infertile. Go to pubmed health for more detailed information. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for androgen insensitivity syndrome?

Can be Complicated: Complete ais isn't usually discovered until a girl fails to menstruate & has little or no pubic/underarm hair. No uterus, but those w/cais have intraabdominal testes which are removed because of cancer potential. Female by default as they can't respond to androgens in utero. Partial ai: babies are born with variable degrees of virilization. Assigning sex can be complicated. ...Read more

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