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Diabetes and Endocrinology - Pediatrics and Child Health - Urology

Clinical, Biological and Genetic Analysis of Anorchia in 26 Boys
Published: Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Author: Raja Brauner et al.

by Raja Brauner, Mathieu Neve, Slimane Allali, Christine Trivin, Henri Lottmann, Anu Bashamboo, Ken McElreavey

Background

Anorchia is defined as the absence of testes in a 46,XY individual with a male phenotype. The cause is unknown.

Methods

We evaluated the clinical and biological presentation, and family histories of 26 boys with anorchia, and sequenced their SRY, NR5A1, INSL3, MAMLD1 genes and the T222P variant for LGR8.

Results

No patient had any associated congenital anomaly. At birth, testes were palpable bilaterally or unilaterally in 13 cases and not in 7; one patient presented with bilateral testicular torsion immediately after birth. The basal plasma concentrations of anti-Müllerian hormone (AMH, n?=?15), inhibin B (n?=?7) and testosterone (n?=?19) were very low or undetectable in all the patients evaluated, as were the increases in testosterone after human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG, n?=?12). The basal plasma concentrations of follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) were increased in 20/25, as was that of luteinising hormone in 10/22 cases. Family members of 7/26 cases had histories of primary ovarian failure in the mother (n?=?2), or sister 46,XX, together with fetal malformations of the only boy with microphallus and secondary foot edema (n?=?1), secondary infertility in the father (n?=?2), or cryptorchidism in first cousins (n?=?2). The sequences of all the genes studied were normal.

Conclusion

Undetectable plasma concentrations of AMH and inhibin B and an elevated plasma FSH, together with 46,XY complement are sufficient for diagnosis of anorchia. The hCG test is unnecessary. NR5A1 and other genes implicated in gonadal development and testicle descent were not mutated, which suggests that other genes involved in these developments contribute to the phenotypes.

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