Letter to Editor

Anogenital Measurements in Newborns

10.4274/jcrpe.604

  • Behzat Özkan

Received Date: 26.11.2011 Accepted Date: 17.12.2011 J Clin Res Pediatr Endocrinol 2012;4(1):47-48

Keywords: Newborns,caliper,Anogenital distance

We would like to thank Oguz Kutlu A for her close interest in our paper entitled “Anogenital Distance in Turkish Newborns”. In our study (1), we used caliper for the measurements as Oguz Kutlu A did in her study (2). We compared our anogenital measurements to those obtained in previous studies in the literature (including Oguz Kutlu’s study) according to the measurement method used, as shown in the table below. Although different measurement methods were applied, our results were similar to those from the mentioned studies. Variations in the results reported can be due to genetic and ethnic factors, as well as to the measurement methods used and the age of the newborn at the time of the measurements, as it was emphasized in the discussion section of our paper (3). However, anogenital distance measurement method used in  the study by Oguz Kutlu A, was wrongly written as  tape measurement instead of caliper measurement (2). We are, again, giving the original table including correct measurement technique belonging to Oguz Kutlu A. In addition, I would like to thank her for giving extra information about the genital measurements in the Letter.


1. Ozkan B, Konak B, Cayir A, Konak M, Anogenital distance in Turkish newborns 2011,3:122-125

2. , Oguz Kutlu A. Yenidoğan kız ve erkek bebeklerde anogenital mesafe ölçümü, kız çocuklarda kolay bir klitoris ölçüm yöntemi ve klitoris büyüklüğünü etkileyen faktörler. PP-A11

3. Thankamony A, Ong KK, Dunger DB, Acerini CL, Hughes IA, Anogenital distance from birth to 2 years: a population study 2009,117:1786-1790