Duncan, N. D. ; Gabay, L. ; Williams, E. ; Dundas, S. E. ; Plummer, N. ; Leake, P. A.
Author Affiliation, Ana.
Hermaphroditism: cytogenetics, gonadal pathology and gender assignment: a case report
West Indian Medical Journal
Date of Publication
True hermaphroditism is a rare intersex disorder in which individuals possess both testicular and ovarian gonadal tissue. A case of true unilateral hermaphroditism presenting with ambiguous external genitalia, right scrotal testis and left pelvic ovotestis is herein outlined Phallic, gonadal and genetic factors were considered before male gender was assigned. Gender assignment procedures have been questioned by intersex activists opposed to early genital surgery. Western societies have a binary perspective on gender and this leads to a stigma being placed on intersex cases. A multidisciplinary approach to this problem involving paediatric specialists in the field, of endocrinology, surgery and psychiatry is necessary, along with educational programmes that promote tolerance in society to variations in gender.....