MOVES to improve diagnosis and treatment of sex development disorders, which make it difficult to determine whether a person is male or female, are gaining momentum in Japan.
In October the Japanese Society for Pediatric Endocrinology announced that over the past five years at least 3,000 minors have been diagnosed with disorders of sex development, which can occur for such reasons as chromosomal and hormonal abnormalities.
But in spite of the attention the disorders are receiving, support for adult patients is still sparse, and many patients continue to suffer in secret. …
Kenji Shimada, a specialist at Osaka Medical Center and Research Institute for Maternal and Child Health says patients need protection.
“People with disorders of sex development live with a feeling of incompleteness even after a decision is made and they are raised as either a male or a female. Medical workers need to get together and protect the lives of patients,” he says.