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Acquired clitoral enlargement. Diagnosis and treatment.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  9238289     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Clitoral hypertrophy is usually seen in congenital malformations, specifically in intersexual stages of hormonal expression. Acquired clitoral hypertrophy is a relatively rare condition, and data in the literature concerning this problem are sparse. Articles usually consist only of case reports. Among the contributing factors in the etiology of acquired clitoral hypertrophy, the following three are the most frequent: (1) endocrinopathies including virilizing tumors of the ovaries or adrenals, (2) neurofibromatosis (of both clitoral subcutis and corpora cavernosa), and (3) pseudohypertrophy of the clitoris. The first step in correcting acquired clitoral enlargement must be to determine and stop the cause of the hypertrophy, followed by a period of simple observation. If clitoral enlargement does not disappear over time, surgical correction is necessary.
J Horejsí
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences     Volume:  816     ISSN:  0077-8923     ISO Abbreviation:  Ann. N. Y. Acad. Sci.     Publication Date:  1997 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1997-08-19     Completed Date:  1997-08-19     Revised Date:  2005-11-16    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7506858     Medline TA:  Ann N Y Acad Sci     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  369-72     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Obstetrics and Adult and Pediatric Gynecology, Second Medical Faculty, Charles University Prague, Czech Republic.
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MeSH Terms
Clitoris / pathology*
Diagnosis, Differential
Hypertrophy / etiology,  therapy
Vulvar Diseases / etiology*,  therapy*

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