What is the role of surgery in the treatment of hypogonadism?

Updated: Apr 03, 2019
  • Author: Maria G Vogiatzi, MD; Chief Editor: George T Griffing, MD  more...
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Because of the significant risk of gonadoblastoma and carcinoma, gonadal tissue should be removed in females with karyotypes containing a Y chromosome. This situation is observed in females with XY gonadal dysgenesis or in patients with Turner syndrome who have a karyotype that contains a Y chromosome (usually in 1 of 2 or more mosaic karyotypes). Males with nonfunctioning testicular tissue should undergo orchiectomy and replacement with prostheses.


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