Transition from pediatric to adult care for adolescents and young adults with a disorder of sex development.
ABSTRACT Over the past twenty years, there has been an increasing awareness of the transition to adult-oriented health care in adolescents and young adults with a chronic illness. While general guidelines for health care transition have been established, some have called for illness-specific guidelines which are tailored to the needs of specific illness populations. The current paper sought to outline illness-specific guidelines for health care transition in adolescents and young adults with disorders of sex development based upon the recent American Academy of Pediatrics guidelines. We also suggest indicators of successful transition for adolescents and young adults with disorders of sex development as well as areas for future research.
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ABSTRACT: Disorders of sex development (DSDs) continue to present many challenges. A clear consensus among clinicians has emerged in paediatric care; however, the same cannot be said of adult care services. Moreover, transition to adult care is a process that takes many years. Although evidence-based models of transitional care do exist in other medical specialities, few studies have been conducted in adolescents with DSDs, and a clear and pressing need exists for further research to guide the care of these patients. A general move towards independence and self-responsibility is common to all transition programmes, but specific issues for those with a DSD include disclosure, genital examinations and potential vaginal treatments. Psychological support underpins the whole transition process for patients with a DSD and encourages an individual approach to develop. In this Perspectives article, we describe the barriers to successful transition in this setting and outline suggestions to overcome them.Nature Reviews Endocrinology 05/2014; · 11.03 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: The aim of the German Network for Congenital Uro-REctal malformations (CURE-Net) is to collect data of affected patients with anorectal malformation (ARM) to investigate molecular causes, clinical implications and psychosocial outcome. The current issue was to examine the transition to adulthood in adults with ARM and to explore condition-related needs and skills required. This qualitative study is part of a larger multi-center study of clinical queries and quality of life in patients with ARM. The guided interview focused on the analysis of medical data and personal questionnaires. Interviews were completed with 55 (23 females, 32 males) participants, age ranging from 18 to 56 years. Twenty-one patients suffered from mucosal prolapse, 18 patients had had megasigmoid/megacolon. Relevant stenosis of the neo-anus occurred in 13 (42 %) males and 4 (18 %) females, permanent neurogenic bladder dysfunction in 10 (32 %) males and 4 (18 %) females, recurrent urinary tract infections in 10 (32 %) males and 13 (59 %) females, latex allergy in 10 (32 %) males and 7 (32 %) females. Thirty-seven (70 %) patients had to be reoperated. Forty-one (75 %) patients needed means of aftercare to achieve social continence. The study wants to contribute to a better understanding of the challenges of transition for adults with ARM.Pediatric Surgery International 07/2012; 28(8):793-5. · 1.22 Impact Factor