Testing & Diagnosis for Ambiguous Genitalia in Children

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Contact the Department of Urology

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How does physician determine the gender of an infant with ambiguous genitalia?

Our physicians, along with you, will consider the following:

  • a pelvic ultrasound (to check for the presence of female reproductive organs)
  • a genitourethrogram to look at the urethra and vagina if present
  • a chromosomal analysis (to help determine genetic sex: 46, XX or 46, XY)
  • fertility potential of a female pseudohermaphrodite
  • size and potential for growth of a penis present in a male pseudohermaphrodite
  • ability of an internal reproductive organ to produce appropriate sex hormones for the gender
  • risk of future health conditions, such as cancer, that may develop in the original reproductive organs later in life
  • the actions of male or female hormones on the fetal brain
  • your opinion or preference
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