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Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome Print E-mail
by Ron Kennedy, M.D., Santa Rosa, CA

Dr. Kennedy Androgen insensitivity syndrome, when complete is a genetic disorder that makes XY fetuses insensitive to male hormones. Instead these males are born looking externally like normal females and they live their lives as females. Internally, there is a short blind-pouch vagina and no uterus, fallopian tubes or ovaries. There are testes in the abdomen or the inguinal canal. The complete androgen insensitivity syndrome is usually detected at puberty when a girl should begin to menstruate. Many of these individuals have no pubic or axillary hair. They have luxuriant scalp hair without male pattern balding. They are sterile and cannot bear children and are at high risk for osteoporosis and so should take estrogen replacement therapy. Androgen insensitivity syndrome,boys who look like girls



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