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Psychosexual outcome of assigned females and males with 46,XX virilizing congenital adrenal hyperplasia

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Abstract

Seven genotypic female (46,XX) patients with congenital adrenal hyperplasia, four reared as girls and three reared as boys were evaluated at 16–26 years of age with psychological interviews and testing. A small penis in the three young men produced a practical and psychological barrier that severely injured their personality. In spite of some degree of pre-adolescent tomboyism and a somewhat injured body image, the girls adjusted to their feminine gender indentity. It is concluded that in cases of both early and late diagnosis, the genotypic female sex should be prefered.

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intelligence

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Hochberg, Z., Gardos, M. & Benderly, A. Psychosexual outcome of assigned females and males with 46,XX virilizing congenital adrenal hyperplasia. Eur J Pediatr 146, 497–499 (1987). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00441602

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Key words

  • Congenital adrenal hyperplasia
  • Psychosexual
  • Intersex
  • Trans-sex