The Infant with Differences in Sexual Development (DSD): Ethical Issues
Presented by Terri Lipman, PhD, CRNP, FAAN
The study of sexual differentiation has undergone dramatic changes. Advances in knowledge of genetics and hormonal regulation have expanded the understanding of Differences in Sexual Development. More importantly, societal perspectives have markedly altered, (1) the perception of DSD (from a DISORDER to a DIFFERENCE), and, (2) the decision making power related to sex assignment, surgery etc. from the healthcare team to the parent/ patient.
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