When a child’s gender is in question at birth because genitals may not appear clearly male or female, the child is said to have atypical genitalia, also known as ambiguous genitalia. Atypical genitalia can be a stressful experience for parents. At CHOC Children’s, we know that you have many questions and feelings as a parent of a child with a disorder of this nature. We work with each patient and to provide the very best medical, surgical and psychological support available.
At our Disorders of Sexual Differentiation Program that is run through our specialized urology center, our team of specialists in pediatric endocrinology, genetics, social work, urology and psychology work with families to create the most ideal outcomes for their children. The CHOC Children’s Urology Center is highly recognized in the realm of treating children with these disorders, both emotionally and physically, with extensive expertice in genital reconstructive surgery. Our surgeons have been internationally recognized in their skills and have given many international talks regarding the latest surgical techniques. Our Disorders of Sexual Differentiation Program team has been on the forefront of research in this area and continues to strive for close care and follow up with all families we see.
When your child is first diagnosed with a disorder of sexual differentiation (DSD), we understand that you will have many questions. Our center is here to help answer questions and provide you and your family with support and quality medical care. As soon as a diagnosis is suspected in your child, you will be placed in touch with a member of our team. Generally, families will first speak with a geneticist or endocrinologist on our team who will give your child’s diagnosis and plan of care. Please feel free to bring questions and concerns to any visits with our team or call us to discuss your child’s unique case further.
We work hard to create the most ideal lifestyle and health outcomes that we can for each child we car for. We encourage families to learn more about DSD.
To learn more about our services or to speak with your child’s urology specialist, please contact our office.