Ratio of Arm Span to Height Not Usually Increased in Klinefelter's Syndrome

John Graner, Bernard Buchanan, C. Abraira

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To the Editor: In the Case Record (Case 14–1981) in the April 2, 1981, issue, Dr. Colten makes the following statement: “Patients with Klinefelter's syndrome often have a eunuchoid appearance, with an arm span generally several inches greater than their height.”1 We disagree with this statement. Even in the nonmosaic form of Klinefelter's syndrome, only the total body height and the distance from sole to pubis are above normal. Since the arm span is not greater than that of normal controls, the arm-span-to-height difference is actually decreased.1,2 The long-leggedness is thought not to be due to lack of androgens, since.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1490-1491
Number of pages2
JournalNew England Journal of Medicine
Issue number24
StatePublished - Jun 17 1982


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