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Authors

  • Y Low,

    1. Centre for Early Sexual Development, Royal Children's Hospital, Parkville,
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  • JM Hutson,

    1. Centre for Early Sexual Development, Royal Children's Hospital, Parkville,
    2. Murdoch Childrens Research Institute and
    3. Department of Paediatrics, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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  • Murdoch Childrens Research Institute Sex Study Group

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      Murdoch Research Institute Sex Study Group members: P Anderson, J Brady, C Carvalho, S Grover, J Hooper, E Hughes, J Hutson, Y Jayasinghe, S Metcalfe, E Northam, C Paul, D Pereira, M Rillstone, J Savulescu, A Sinclair, G Warne.


JM Hutson, Department of General Surgery, Royal Children's Hospital, Flemington Road, Parkville, Vic. 3052, Australia. Fax: +61 3 9345 7997; Email: john.hutson@rch.org.au

Abstract

Abstract:  Intersex disorders are rare and complex; yet, in each case of genital ambiguity, accurate and expeditious management is required of the clinician. This article reviews the embryology of sexual differentiation, from which some ‘rules’ of diagnosis are derived. A simplified approach to the interpretation of clinical signs in ambiguous genitalia is presented and discussed.

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