F1000 Commentary: Treatment of adults with complications from previous hypospadias surgery / What are disorders of sex development (DSD)?

Disorders of Sex Development (abbreviated “DSD”) are defined by the medical community as “congenital conditions in which development of chromosomal, gonadal or anatomic sex is atypical.” DSD is an umbrella term covering a wide variety of conditions in which sex develops differently from typical male or typical female development.

As the medical definition implies, in some cases a person with a DSD may have sex chromosomes different from the male-typical XY or the female-typical XX. In other cases, the person may have typical male or female sex chromosomes but have a relatively unusual mix of male-typical and female-typical anatomical traits. In still other cases, just a small number of sex organs are atypically developed or essentially missing.

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