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Nervenarzt. 2002 Mar;73(3):283-8.

[Treatment follow-up of transsexual patients. A catamnestic study].

[Article in German]

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Psychiatrische Poliklinik, UniversitätsSpital Zürich, Culmannstrasse 8, CH-8091 Zürich.


In a retrospective study, 33 transsexual patients, 22 male-to-female transsexual (MF-TS), and 11 female-to-male transsexuals (FM-TS), were interviewed 53-121 months after their first referral to the psychiatric department of a university hospital. Social integration proved to be satisfactory and relatively stable. Twenty-five patients had gone through surgical sex reassignment, while 29 were currently undergoing hormonal treatment. Regarding the course of treatment, the FM-TS were a more homogeneous group than the MF-TS group. Overall, physical and psychosocial well-being was satisfactory. Psychometric measures yielded remarkably normal values, with some pathological findings regarding personality traits. In the majority of patients, self- and observer-rating appraisals of gender-specific physical appearance were equally positive. The results suggest a three-step procedure for the treatment of transsexual patients, as is practiced in other centers within German speaking continental Europe.

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