UK guidance on the initial evaluation of an infant or an adolescent with a suspected disorder of sex development

Ahmed, S.F. et al. (2011) UK guidance on the initial evaluation of an infant or an adolescent with a suspected disorder of sex development. Clinical Endocrinology, 75(1), pp. 12-26. (doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2265.2011.04076.x)

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It is paramount that any child or adolescent with a suspected disorder of sex development (DSD) is assessed by an experienced clinician with adequate knowledge about the range of conditions associated with DSD. If there is any doubt, the case should be discussed with the regional team. In most cases, particularly in the case of the newborn, the paediatric endocrinologist within the regional DSD team acts as the first point of contact. The underlying pathophysiology of DSD and the strengths and weaknesses of the tests that can be performed should be discussed with the parents and affected young person and tests undertaken in a timely fashion. This clinician should be part of a multidisciplinary team experienced in management of DSD and should ensure that the affected person and parents are as fully informed as possible and have access to specialist psychological support. Finally, in the field of rare conditions, it is imperative that the clinician shares the experience with others through national and international clinical and research collaboration

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:O'Toole, Mr Stuart and Ahmed, Professor Syed Faisal and Watt, Dr Andy
Authors: Ahmed, S.F., Achermann, J.C., Arlt, W., Balen, A.H., Conway, G., Edwards, Z.L., Elford, S., Hughes, I.A., Izatt, L., Krone, N., Miles, H.L., O'Toole, S., Perry, L., Sanders, C., Simmonds, M., Wallace, A.M., Watt, A., and Willis, D.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Medicine, Dentistry & Nursing
Journal Name:Clinical Endocrinology
Publisher:Blackwell Publishing
ISSN (Online):1365-2265
Published Online:10 June 2011
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2011 The Authors
First Published:First published in Clinical Endocrinology 75(1):12-26
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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