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Developmental disorders of the vagina and vulva

Developmental disorders of the vagina and vulva

Overview

As a fetus develops, the formation of the internal and/or external sexual organs may be abnormal. This abnormal development can give rise to sexually ambiguous anatomical structures or normal-appearing anatomy that does not function correctly.

Review Date 11/20/2015

Updated by: Robert A. Cowles, MD, Associate Professor of Pediatric Surgery, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Isla Ogilvie, PhD, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.