Intersex Genitalia

intersex genitalia

According to Dr DD Sinha "The main purpose of intersex surgery is to transform normal genitalia of one sex so as to make the appearance more normal and to reduce the likelihood of problems in the future". According to the American Journal of Law and ...

 

 

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Intersex Genitalia

JAIPUR: A team of doctors at Fortis Escorts Hospital in Jaipur have successfully performed an intersex surgery on a 10-year-old child. An intersex individual may have biological characteristics of both a male and a female.

The parents first consulted doctors because they thought their child had underdeveloped and deformed female sex organs. A series of tests and surgeries during the next three years by Dr D D Sinha presently working as senior consultant, pediatric surgeon, Fortis Escorts Hospital here, to correct the defect.

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The child was first seen in 2008 by Dr Sinha, then in the department of pediatric surgery at government Children's Hospital here. A sonography revealed the child had no uterus or ovary. The findings showed clearly this was not a girl. An MRI of the pelvic region reinforced this fact. A genetic test revealed the child had XY chromosomes. (XY chromosomes define a male while XX chromosomes define a female.)

Dr Sinha said now the real challenge of the team was to assess hormone levels. The initial level of testosterone (male hormone) was found to be quite low. Low testosterone levels in a male cause slow development of external organs, sex drive, poor erections, loss of muscle mass, irritability and depression. Using a laparoscopy procedure and a series of operations, the doctors created the vital organs and now the child has a penis measuring three inches and is able to urinate like a normal boy.

According to Dr D D Sinha "The main purpose of intersex surgery is to transform normal genitalia of one sex so as to make the appearance more normal and to reduce the likelihood of problems in the future".

According to the American Journal of Law and Medicine 2004, between 1.7 and 4 % of the world population is born with intersex conditions, with primary and secondary sexual characteristics that are neither clearly male nor female. The current recommended treatment for any infant born with an intersex condition is genital reconstruction surgery to render the child as clearly sexed, either male or female.

He appreciated the parents of the child who sought medical help as on mnay occassions the parents try to hide the deformity. Dr Sinha said "we have done only what is medically feasible and this kind of deformity is totally rectifiable through medical intervention," he said.

Fortis Healthcare's Zonal Director Rajasthan, Sanjeev Vashishta added that such rare procedures are now cementing Rajasthan's place as a medical hub apart from being a center for tourism. Adoption of latest techniques and international standard infrastructure at Fortis Jaipur is not only helping people in the state but also from across its boundaries. This child's family was poor and Fortis Jaipur offered this surgery free of charge for them.

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