How do other illnesses affect extragonadal germ cell tumors?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Having Klinefelter syndrome, a genetic disorder causing large breasts, a rounded body, slow intellectual development, a largely hairless body, and underdeveloped testicles, can predispose someone to develop extragonadal germ cell tumors. Depending on the location of your tumor, other conditions may exacerbate your symptoms. For instance, if you have asthma, the breathing problems caused by a tumor in the area between the lungs (mediastinal) might trigger or worsen your asthma.

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