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Can children get androgen insensitivity syndrome?

Because androgen insensitivity syndrome (AIS) is a genetic condition, people affected by it are born with the condition and therefore have it during childhood. If children have complete AIS, they may not even know it until they start to go through puberty. At that point, girls will have very little pubic hair and won't experience menstruation. Sometimes, young girls may notice lumps in their abdomen (caused by undescended testes), but many times there are no noticeable symptoms till later. In children with partial AIS, however, symptoms may be noticeable much earlier because they may have ambiguous genitalia and may have physical characteristics of both males and females.

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