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Disorders of Sexual Development (DSD)

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At Cook Children's, we understand how overwhelming it can be to learn that your newborn or young child has a disorder of sex development, or a DSD. Our DSD team is made up of some of the nation's top experts to help – to answer your questions and to partner with you on developing a plan for the best care for your child.

Cook Children's Urology/Genitourinary Institute and the GREAT Kids program is among a handful of programs nationwide with the expertise to treat a wide range of disorders of sex development in children.

Our physicians, surgeons and medical teams have extensive experience in researching and understanding DSD, and in using the most up-to-date technology, knowledge and expertise to care for kids and their families. And, our experience means we understand one thing above all: the best way we can help your child and your family is by including you as partners in the treatment, care and support of DSD. You are not in this alone.

What are DSDs?

A disorder of sex development refers to a medical condition in which there is disagreement between a person's genetic sex (the person's chromosomes), gonadal sex (testes and ovaries) and/or the appearance of other reproductive structures. Often, a DSD is diagnosed in a child at birth, but sometimes the condition is not detected until later in childhood or adolescence.

Family-centered support

In addition to medical treatments and decision, there are also emotional and social issues that patients and families often need help navigating. We are among the very few programs nationwide with behavioral health experts integrated into our program. That's because we strive to be patient- and family-centered in all of our care. We understand how these conditions can create confusion and anxiety in patients and families – and we want to give you and your family the full support you may need.

We're here to help.

If your child has been diagnosed, you probably have lots of questions. We can help. If you would like to schedule an appointment, refer a patient or speak to our staff, please call our offices.

Call 682-303-0376