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At Boston Children's Hospital, we know that first step in treating a child with disorders of sexual differentiation (DSDs) is forming an accurate diagnosis. A child can be diagnosed with a DSD as early as the newborn period and as late as adulthood.
How are DSDs diagnosed?
When children with DSDs also have ambiguous genitalia, the disorder can be diagnosed at birth. If doctors suspect a DSD on the initial newborn exam, pediatric specialists in urology and endocrinology will examine your baby right away.
These tests may include:
What happens after a diagnosis has been made?
After a possible DSD is identified, your child’s doctor will explain any medical concerns and make sure that you understand the results of the tests. If the child is old enough to be aware of the medical attention he is receiving, it’s important to explain what is happening in terms he can understand.
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