eLetters

534 e-Letters

published between 2003 and 2006

  • DSD vs Intersex
    Lynnell Stephani Long

    Dear Editor,

    With all the hoopla regarding using the term DSD as opposed to Intersex, I was hesitant to add my own two cents. However, after giving it a lot of thought I decided my opinion does matter. And what I have to say is as important as any other letter that is for or against the term DSD.

    As an intersexed child at the University of Chicago Hospital, several diagnoses were attached to me, none...

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  • Disorders of sex development similar to more familiar disorders
    Cheryl Chase

    Dear Editor,

    As a member of the International Consensus Conference on Intersex, and an affected adult, I supported the new nomenclature, which replaces both "intersex" and "hermaphrodite" with "disorders of sex development" (DSDs). But it would be a mistake to consider "DSD" to be a synonym for either "intersex" or "hermaphrodite."

    Medical management of intersex has been treated as if it were utterly...

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  • DSD and Identity
    Sherri G. Morris

    Dear Editor,

    The Consortium on Disorders of Sex Development (“DSD Consortium”) has recommended that in venues where the medical care of infants is considered, the term "Disorders of Sex Development" and the initialism “DSD” be used in favor of the term “intersex.” While both “DSD” and “intersex” are “umbrella” terms (meaning that they encompass people born with a variety of discrete conditions but having important f...

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  • The terms need to evolve
    Sophia. I Siedlberg

    Dear Editor,

    I believe it is fair to say that using terms like "sex" and "disorder" in medical nomenclature can be regarded confusing, as well as stigmatizing. It would be confusing because if a parent with a child seeking information typed "DSD" into a search engine on the internet (As people in this day and age do), there would be many things returned that would be irrelevant. If they typed "Disorders of Sex...

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  • Was Variations of Reproductive Development considered?
    Margaret Simmonds

    Dear Editor,

    The new intersex terminology scheme, based on Disorders of Sex Development (DSD) and discussed in the consensus statement by Hughes et al [1], seems to offer the following benefits:

    a) it covers a wide range of intersex conditions without using the archaic and stigmatising hermaphrodite and male/female pseudo- hermaphrodite terms, b) it should end the problem of the term intersex being used...

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  • Thank you very much Dr. Diamond
    Curtis E. Hinkle
    Dear Dr. Hazel Beh and Dr. Diamond,

    I wish to thank you both for your very well-written response which emphasizes the need for respecting the human dignity of the individuals who are going to be "managed" by the experts who follow these guidelines.

    Your willingness to treat us who are intersexed with respect has touched the hearts of many of us, including me. I agree with you wholeheartedly in your suggestion...

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  • Decreasing cost of treatment by promoting sharing of vials
    Akshay Kumar Saxena

    Dear Editor,

    Dr. Wills and colleagues have reported their experience in cost minimization by promoting sharing of vials of palivizumab for prophylaxis against respiratory syncytial virus infection. Our experience suggests that this idea can be extended to several other fields of medicine.

    The use of intravenous and oral contrast agents is a matter of routine practice. Many a times, especially in pediatric...

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  • Breast feeding, resilience against psychosocial stress, and polyunsaturated fatty acids
    Undurti N Das

    Dear Editor,

    The observation that breast feeding is associated with resilience against the psychosocial stress linked with parental divorce/separation is interesting and suggests that breast milk could contain nutrients or molecules that influence neurotransmitter function in the brain. I propose that polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) present in human breast milk is responsible for this beneficial action.

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  • Sedation or Anaesthesia in the MR assessment of vascular Rings
    Matthew Baird

    Dear Editor,

    We were very interested to read Tass Malik’s paper (1) concerning children who are being investigated for suspected vascular abnormalities. Their audit was mainly radiological in nature. The paper described our current 2006 sedation regime which grew out of the difficulties we were encountering 1999-2000, the period that their study was based on. We thought therefore it would be of interest and in...

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  • Challenges to in-patient treatment of malnutrition
    Sarah J Rylance

    Dear Editor,

    Jackson and colleagues (1) raise important points regarding the global prevention and treatment of malnutrition and the challenges to successful implementation of WHO guidelines.

    We have recently started to treat children with severe malnutrition according to these guidelines in our hospital. As mentioned, high caseloads are a constraint to quality care; in the malarial season, our ward of up...

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