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Developmental Disorders of the Female Reproductive Tract

Screening and Tests for Developmental Disorders of the Female Reproductive Tract

Some types of developmental disorders of the female reproductive tract can be observed at birth. Among these are an abnormal or missing vagina or cervix, an enlarged clitoris, fused labia, genitals that are difficult to identify as male or female, and no openings in the genital area or just one opening in the rectal area. Lumps may be felt in the groin or abdomen, or the stomach area may become swollen. Sometimes the uterus does not feel normal to the doctor.

Tests for developmental disorders of the female reproductive tract include:

  • Physical examination
  • Ultrasound and MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) of the pelvis
  • Abdominal endoscopy, in which the surgeon uses a thin, telescope-like instrument to view organs and the body’s other structures
  • Levels of testosterone, cortisol and other hormones
  • Amount of electrolytes (minerals that affect many processes) in the blood and urine
  • Karyotyping, a genetic test to examine chromosomes in a cell sample
     

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