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Case Study: Newborn Sex Determination After Incorrect Initial Assignment

(From the November 2014 Issue of PediatricsOnline)

Complications with disorders of sexual development (DSD) can be medically and emotionally challenging for patient families as well as health care professionals. In the case study available below, an initial, incorrect sex determination made at the birth hospital due to genital ambiguity compounded the distress experienced by the family.

The THRIVE Program at Nationwide Children’s Hospital strives to provide truly seamless, coordinated and comprehensive services to families dealing with DSD. Our program’s social workers accompany families during every visit with medical specialists to help improve family education and comfort with the process. In addition, we are committed to working with community physicians and organizations on the behalf of our patients to resolve a variety of social and legal matters, such as birth certificate changes. We believe that the heavy involvement of social workers in our patient care also helps provide a smooth experience for families coping with tremendous stress during the many medical, social and emotional challenges involved in DSD cases.

This case required the involvement of team members from Endocrinology, Urology, Social Work, Genetics and Neonatology.

Download (PDF) — Case Study: Newborn Sex Determination After Incorrect Initial Assignment.

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