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Fetal Cosmetology

BY HILDE LINDEMANN, ELLEN K. FEDER, AND ALICE DREGER

Congenital adrenal hyperplasia is a serious medical condition that needs to be treated throughout the affected person's life. Prenatal dexamethasone, however, does nothing to prevent or treat the CAH. Instead, it is used to try to engineer normal-looking genitalia.

Why I Am Suspicious of Bioethics

BY EMI KOYAMA

Since genital virilization is itself not an illness requiring medical intervention, and society does not generally endorse using off-label medications to alter the shape of medically healthy fetal body parts, why is it that bioethicists' central criticism of administering dexamethasone is that its use lacks IRB oversight?

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Publication:The Hastings Center Report
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Date:Mar 1, 2010
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