Treatments for Klinefelter Syndrome
Regular medical checkups, medications, and psychological counseling are typical treatments for Klinefelter syndrome. Regular checkups are especially important because men with the condition are at increased risk for certain medical problems. Counseling can be beneficial when patients and their families find that they need help coping with the emotional and practical aspects of the disease.
Because Klinefelter syndrome is a problem with the chromosomes, it cannot be cured. Therefore, treatments for Klinefelter syndrome focus on controlling the symptoms and features of the disease.
Options may include:
- Regular checkups and screenings
- Counseling and support.
Men with Klinefelter syndrome are at increased risk for certain medical problems. These include:
- Autoimmune diseases, including type 1 diabetes, lupus, and hypothyroidism
- Male breast cancer
- Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma
Because of these medical conditions and their complications (such as heart disease), a person with Klinefelter syndrome is at increased risk of premature death. Regular checkups help ensure that any changes in health are noted and treated, if needed. The doctor may also schedule certain screening tests to look for problems before certain Klinefelter syndrome symptoms occur.