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Gender identity disorder in a girl with autism —a case report


A girl with high functioning autism who developed transsexualism is described. The literature to date has, to the authors' knowledge, not documented any similar case. The diagnosis of a coexisting psychiatric disorder in transsexualism has implications for the evaluation, prognosis, and appropriate management of the patient. The question of a possible relationship between autism and transsexualism and whether there is a predisposition to gender dysphoria in autism, is discussed.

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Landén, M., Rasmussen, P. Gender identity disorder in a girl with autism —a case report. European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry 6, 170–173 (1997).

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Key words

  • Autism
  • gender identity disorder
  • transsexualism
  • case report