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Revista Colombiana de Obstetricia y Ginecología

Print version ISSN 0034-7434On-line version ISSN 2463-0225


SOTO, Álvaro López. Genital abnormalities: Contextualization of a neglected area in prenatal diagnosis. Rev Colomb Obstet Ginecol [online]. 2020, vol.71, n.3, pp.275-285.  Epub Sep 30, 2020. ISSN 0034-7434.


To reflect on how the area of genital abnormalities has fallen behind in prenatal diagnosis.

Materials and methods:

Based on the thesis that prenatal diagnosis of genital abnormalities has scarcely developed, a comparison with other areas of prenatal diagnosis and with its postnatal counterpart is presented; different explanations for this situation are examined; and a reflection is presented on ways to expand this field of knowledge.


Compared to other disciplines, prenatal diagnosis of genital abnormalities finds itself lagging behind in terms of diagnostic tools, management protocols and scientific literature. Potential causes include a perception of low prevalence and limited importance, or exploration challenges. Integration of current knowledge, together with the acquisition of the appropriate tools and translation to clinical medicine, would be a way to make this discipline stronger.

Keywords : Sexual development; prenatal diagnosis; ultrasonography; fetal diseases.

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