Changing and unchanging perspectives regarding intersex in the last half century: Topics presented in the lawson wilkins lecture at the 2015 pediatric endocrine society meeting

Peter A. Lee, Christopher P. Houk

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Abstract

The understanding, care and treatment of patients born with intersex or disorders of sex development conditions has evolved considerably over the last five decades. Regarding those who require evaluation before sender assignment is made, each "generation" of approach has been based upon and reflects the contemporary biological, social and psychological understanding. The most recent generation needs to consider the dramatically changed societal viewpoints regarding the acceptance and expansion beyond a binary perception of sexuality. This together with advances in genetic etiologies, surgical refinements and psychological support should result in better care and quality of life (QpL) outcomes for patients with these conditions. This paper reviews the successive generations of approach and discusses the multiple challenges facing the multidisciplinary teams caring for these patients today.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)574-584
Number of pages11
JournalPediatric Endocrinology Reviews
Volume13
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1 2016

Keywords

  • 46,XX DSD
  • 46,XY DSD
  • Ambiguous genitalia
  • DSD
  • Gender
  • Genital surgery
  • Intersex
  • Ovotesticular DSD
  • Sex of rearing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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