16-year-old Chinese boy changing sex

16-year-old Chinese boy changing sex

Nanjing : China | Aug 18, 2010 at 11:56 AM PDT
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Six months ago, a 16-year-old boy, found his nipples getting bigger. The mammary areola began to appear and the area surrounding his nipples gradually bulged.

His parents took him to the urology department under the Nanjing Drum Tower Hospital to see a doctor. Through inspection, the doctor found that boy's karyotype is 46xx, which means he has female chromosomes.

Doctor then inspected boy's testicles and found one is a testicle and the other is an ovary. Through an ultrasound examination, they found a uterus in his pelvis but it is smaller than normal females. The hormone examination showed that boy's male hormones were lower than normal males, while his female hormones were very high.

Based on these inspection results, Doctor was diagnosed with a true hermaphroditic condition. It may be a result from genetics, gene mutation, environmental pollution or infection during pregnancy.

As the boy was brought up as a boy, and both his parents and he are unable to accept the fact that he is a girl. Learning that the boy still wants to be a boy, Doctor performed a surgery for him.

Hafeez Rehman is based in Islamabad, Federal Capital Area, Pakistan, and is a Reporter on Allvoices.
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