Journal article

Should clinicians make chest surgery available to transgender male adolescents?

Rosalind McDougall, Lauren Notini, Clare Delany, Michelle Telfer, Ken C Pang

BIOETHICS | WILEY | Published : 2021


Bioethicists are increasingly engaged in considering the ethical issues associated with the care of transgender people. One such issue facing paediatric clinicians is requests for chest surgery from transgender male adolescents. For transgender young people who identify as male but have already progressed through the mid to late stages of puberty, hormone treatment will not reverse breast development. Some of these young people are distressed by their chest, and request surgery to remove this tissue. Demand for this surgery during adolescence is increasing. However, few paediatric hospitals make this intervention available to adolescents. This paper focuses on the following ethical question:..

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Funding Acknowledgements

RM received funding from the Children's Bioethics Centre to conduct a review of relevant ethics literature. LN acknowledges the infrastructure funding received from the Victorian State Government through the Operational Infrastructure Support (OIS) Program. KCP is supported by a Clinician Scientist Fellowship from the Royal Children's Hospital Foundation. This paper represents the views of the authors only.