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Multidisciplinary care for individuals with disorders of sex development

Gomez-Lobo, Veronica

Current Opinion in Obstetrics & Gynecology: October 2014 - Volume 26 - Issue 5 - p 366–371
doi: 10.1097/GCO.0000000000000101
ADOLESCENT AND PEDIATRIC GYNECOLOGY: Edited by Paula J. Adams Hillard

Purpose of review: Recommendations regarding the care of individuals with disorders of sex development include that care be provided by multidisciplinary teams. This article will discuss team composition and function as well as the role of the gynecologist and barriers to such care.

Recent findings: Many barriers to multidisciplinary care exist, but recent reports stress the roles of different team members as well as tools for planning and implementation of such a team that may help to overcome such barriers. All current recommendations include the participation of a gynecologist in the disorders of sex development team. Gynecologists are in the unique position to continue to provide care as these individuals mature into adulthood.

Summary: Multidisciplinary care for patients with disorders of sex development is recommended and gynecologists provide unique expertise.

MedStar Washington Hospital Center/Children's National Medical Center, and Georgetown University School of Medicine, Washington, District of Columbia, USA

Correspondence to Veronica Gomez-Lobo, MD, Director of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology, MedStar Washington Hospital Center/Children's National Medical Center, 110 Irving Street Room 5B41, Washington, DC 20010, USA. Tel: +1 202 877 4099; fax: +1 202 877 7393; e-mail: Veronica.gomez-lobo@medstar.net

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