66 Years Old Chinese Man Goes To Doctor And Discovers That He Is A Woman

Pictured: Queen Mary Hospital, Pok Fu Lam, Hong Kong

A Chinese man who went to the doctors with a swollen stomach was told that he is actually a woman.

A 66-year-old apparently male patient made a stunning discovery when he sought treatment for swelling in his abdomen. The swelling was a cyst on his ovary and he was in fact a woman.

This 66-year-old man even has a beard, had lived his entire life as a man but was told by doctors in Hong Kong that his enlarged abdomen was caused by ab ovarian cyst.

The patient has a rare combination of Turner syndrome and congenital adrenal hyperplasia (CAH), doctors determined. Turner syndrome occurs when a female lacks two X chromosomes, while CAH affects the production of cortisol by the adrenal glands. Both can interfere with the development of reproductive organs and the appearance of secondary sex characteristics.

The patient, by definition, is a woman who cannot get pregnant. But she also has CAH, which gave her the appearance of a man," Chinese University paediatrics professor Ellis Hon Kam-lun said.

The patient had grown up an orphan and stopped growing after puberty at the age of 10 and was just 4.5ft tall. He has decided to continue perceiving himself as a male and may receive male hormone treatment, the report said.

Only six cases of a patient with both conditions have been reported in medical literature. This patient was diagnosed later in life than any of the others.

Turner's syndrome has an estimated prevalence of one in 2,500 to 3,000 females.

Normal females have a pair of X chromosomes, while males have one X and one Y.

Turner syndrome patients have only one X. They usually had the appearance of girls and the condition was identified when they reached puberty and did not menstruate, Hon said.

This Turner Syndrome was rarer now as most sufferers were identified in prenatal tests." said by Private gynaecologist Dr Kun Ka-yan. Women would usually choose an abortion as the disease can bring other health problems, including mental disability.

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