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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 71  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 242-244

True hermaphrodite of ovotestis in a 5-year-old child

Department of Pathology, Makerere University College of Health Sciences, Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda; Department of Biomedical Science, College of Health Science, The University of Dodoma, Dodoma, Tanzania

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Dr. James Joseph Yahaya
Department of Biomedical Science, College of Health Science, The University of Dodoma, Dodoma

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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/JASI.JASI_90_20

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Assigning possible and correct sex of individuals born with ambiguous genitalia, notably those with true hermaphroditism (TH) at their neonatal stage, is of paramount psychosocial advantage. A 5-year-old child with karyotype of 46, XX who was reared as male is herein presented. The right testicle was neither palpable in the scrotal sac nor in the inguinal canal. The left testicle was palpable in the scrotum and was of adequate size according to the child. A hormonal profile showed a testosterone level of 2.30 ng/dl (normal value: 30–50 ng/dl). Both testicular and ovarian tissues were found on one side (ovotestis), hence TH of ovotestis was confirmed. It is important to assign true sex for patients with an intersex disorder particularly those with TH so as to give positive psychosocial benefits for them as well as removing gonadal tissues which would lead to the development of gonadal malignancies.

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