Gonadal dysgenesis

Gonadal dysgenesis
Gonadal dysgenesis
Classification and external resources
ICD-10 Q99.1
ICD-9 758.6
MeSH D006059

Gonadal dysgenesis is a term used to describe multiple reproductive system development disorders.[1] They are conditions of genetic origin.[2] It is characterized by a progressive loss of primordial germ cells on the developing gonads of an embryo. This loss leads to extremely hypoplastic (underdeveloped) and dysfunctioning gonads mainly composed of fibrous tissue, hence the name streak gonads.

It originally referred to Turner syndrome, but use of the term has expanded to cover other conditions.[3]



During embryogenesis, without any external influences for or against, the human reproductive system is intrinsically conditioned to give rise to a female reproductive organisation. As a result, if a gonad cannot express its sexual identity via its hormones—as in gonadal dysgenesis—then the affected person, no matter whether genetically male or female, will develop both internal and external female genitalia.

In both sexes, the commencement and progression of puberty require functional gonads that will work in harmony with the hypothalamic and pituitary glands to produce adequate hormones. For this reason, in gonadal dysgenesis the accompanying hormonal failure also prevents the development of secondary sex characteristics in either sex, resulting in a sexually infantile female appearance and infertility.


This condition will occur if there is an absence of both Mullerian inhibiting factor and testosterone. The absence of testosterone will result in regression of the Wolffian ducts; normal male internal reproductive tracts will not develop. The absence of Mullerian inhibiting factor will allow the Mullerian ducts to differentiate into the oviducts and uterus. In sum, this individual will be genotypically male (i.e., XY), yet will possess female-like internal and external reproductive characteristics.


The condition may be due to:

See also


  1. ^ M. Sperling (2008). Pediatric endocrinology. Elsevier Health Sciences. pp. 667–. ISBN 9781416040903. http://books.google.com/books?id=jIxXJCxGNvAC&pg=PA667. Retrieved 27 October 2010. 
  2. ^ Eberhard Nieschlag; Hermann M. Behre; Susan Nieschlag (July 2009). Andrology: Male Reproductive Health and Dysfunction. Springer. pp. 221–. ISBN 9783540783541. http://books.google.com/books?id=mEgckDNkonUC&pg=PA221. Retrieved 10 November 2010. 
  3. ^ Douglas T. Carrell (15 February 2010). Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility: Integrating Modern Clinical and Laboratory Practice. Springer. pp. 308. ISBN 9781441914354. http://books.google.com/books?id=lcBEheiufVcC&pg=PA308. Retrieved 27 October 2010. 

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