ambiguous genitalia


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genital ambiguity

incomplete development of fetal genitalia as a result of excessive androgen action on a female fetus or inadequate amounts of androgen in a male fetus.

ambiguous genitalia

Etymology: L, ambigere, to go around
genitals that are not normal and morphologically typical of either sex, as occurs in pseudohermaphroditism.
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Ambiguous genitalia
External genitalia that are undifferentiated, indistinct or discordant with the genotype

ambiguous genitalia

Endocrinology♂ or ♀ external genitalia that are undifferentiated, indistinct or discordant with the genotype. See Hermaphroditism, Intersexuality.
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Advice on the management of ambiguous genitalia to a young endocrinologist from experienced clinicians.
Finally, we want to emphasize the importance of knowing the prevalence of each etiologic diagnosis of DSD with ambiguous genitalia and the use of both karyotype and gonadal tissue in the classification of DSD groups.
Since its inception, ISNA has rejected the traditionalist approach to care founded by John Money in the 1950s, and among other things, campaigned to delay gender-confirming genital surgery for infants with ambiguous genitalia (unless life-threatening) until the child is able to participate in collaborative decision-making (INSA, n.
The clinical and laboratory course of an 11-year-old boy diagnosed with 17-[beta]-HSD3 deficiency at the age of six-weeks old following his presentation with ambiguous genitalia (stretched penile and bilateral undescended testes) is described.
Ambiguous genitalia, the congenital condition in which the external genitalia do not conform to either sex, give rise to extreme anxiety and concern to the parents.
To find out whether a similar 'back door' pathway exists in humans, Anna Biason-Lauber and her colleagues at the University Children's Hospital Zurich in Switzerland investigated the genetic make-up of a family, three of whom have ambiguous genitalia.
To find out whether a similar "back door" pathway exists in humans, Anna Biason-Lauber and her colleagues at the University Children's Hospital Zurich in Switzerland investigated the genetic make-up of a family, three of whom have ambiguous genitalia.
In many cases, baby girls with ambiguous genitalia undergo surgery as infants to reposition the clitoris and do necessary vaginal reconstruction.
Intersex is a condition of abnormal sexual maturation resulting in abnormal karyotype or primary or secondary sexual characteristics which can be diagnosed by ambiguous genitalia or abnormal characteristics during adolescent period.
Sclerocornea, hypertelorism, syndactyly, and ambiguous genitalia.
A request for cytogenetic analysis (see below) was based on the clinical presentation of ambiguous genitalia, cleft palate, pre and postnatal growth retardation.
After a couple of hours we were told he had ambiguous genitalia which means the genitals had not formed properly, apparently it is not unusual in premature babies.