Other Names for this Disease
- Kallmann's syndrome
- Anosmic hypogonadism
- Anosmic idiopathic hypogonadotropic hypogonadism
- Hypogonadotropic hypogonadism and anosmia
- Hypogonadotropic hypogonadism-anosmia syndrome
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hypogonadotropic hypogonadism (HH) and absent or diminished sense of smell (anosmia or hyposmia, respectively). HH is present from birth and is due to deficiency of gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH). KS is often diagnosed at puberty due to lack of sexual development, but may be suspected in male infants with undescended testicles or an unusually small penis. Untreated adult males may have decreased bone density and muscle mass; decreased testicular volume; erectile dysfunction; diminished libido; and infertility. Untreated adult females almost always have absent menstruation with normal, little, or no breast development. In rare cases, features may include failure of kidney development (renal agenesis); hearing impairment; cleft lip or palate; and/or dental abnormalities. Most cases of KS are sporadic but some types are familial. The inheritance pattern differs depending on the genetic cause. Treatment includes hormone replacement therapy for sexual development. Fertility can be achieved in most cases.Kallmann syndrome (KS) is a condition characterized primarily by
Last updated: 2/25/2015
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