The differential diagnosis of ambiguous genitalia in the newborn

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The evaluation of the newborn infant with ambiguous genitalia is one of the most complicated challenges of medicine. Possibly no other field requires a broader application of both theoretical and practical knowledge, and certainly few decisions have greater social impact on the future of the patient. The aims of this article are threefold: to present a short summary of normal sexual differentiation; to provide a simple classification of those disorders that most frequently present as ambiguity of the external genitalia in the newborn; and to summarize the differential diagnosis, evaluation, and gender assignment in infants with ambiguous genitalia.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)213-221
Number of pages9
JournalUrologic Clinics of North America
Issue number1
StatePublished - Dec 1 1978

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  • Urology


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