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Are there good alternative therapies for congenital adrenal hyperplasia?

Are there good alternative therapies for congenital adrenal hyperplasia?

Yes: There are many different types of cah. They cannot be cured - but the side effects of each - hyper or hypotension, hirsutism or virilization, etc can all be controlled by blocking the over or underactivity of the pathway steroids leading to cortisol, aldosterone and sex hormone production. ...Read more

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Dr. Vered Lewy-Weiss
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Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia (Definition)

It is a collection of genetic conditions that limit your adrenal glands' ability to make certain vital hormones. In most cases of congenital adrenal hyperplasia, the adrenal glands don't produce enough cortisol. The production of two other classes of hormones also may be affected, including mineralocorticoids (for example, aldosterone) and ...Read more


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Do the symptoms of congenital adrenal hyperplasia differ by gender?

Do the symptoms of congenital adrenal hyperplasia differ by gender?

Yes: Persons with the most common form congenital adrenal hyperplasia (cah) have a predisposition to making extra testosterone. For girls this can manifest as genitalia that is "masculinized" before birth and therefore "ambiguous" at the time of birth. Girls can also have somewhat masculinized behaviors. The testosterone levels can be lowered by therapy. Boys do not have genital or behavioral issues. ...Read more

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How can congenital adrenal hyperplasia affect the social life of a person?

Depends on the type: Of enzyme defect and the gender of the patient. Congenital adrenal hyperplasia is a group of disorders that affect the hormones produced by adrenal gland. The disorders affect electrolyte and sex hormones and may cause ambiguous sexual organs in girls. See this site for more information. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0001448/. ...Read more

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What does congenital adrenal hyperplasia cah look like?

What does  congenital adrenal hyperplasia cah look like?

Virilization: In the classic form newborn girls will often have ambiguous looking genitalia because of intrauterine exposure to their own overproduction of androgens. Can't really see it in a newborn boy. In non-classical early pubic hair in both sexes can be presenting feature. As kids grow older other things may warrant checking like recalcitrant acne (both sexes) or irregular periods/hirsutism in girls. ...Read more

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Could my son be born with cah congenital adrenal hyperplasia?

Could my son be born with cah congenital adrenal hyperplasia?

Oh, now i know CAH: Previous answer, i thought it meant chronic active hepatitis. Yes, a girl or boy can be born with cong adrenal hyperplasia; this refers to a group of inherited disorders of the adrenal gland, where there is a lack of a hormone needed to make certain steroid hormones. Male sex characteristics may appear earlier than normal. Time for a pediatric endocrinologist, if there is any question of this. ...Read more

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I take 2mg Prednisolone am can I reduce this to 1mg am? I have congenital adrenal hyperplasia. I used to take 2mg on 2mg am

I take 2mg Prednisolone am can I reduce this to 1mg am?  I have congenital adrenal hyperplasia. I used to take 2mg on 2mg am

Ask your doctor: Do not adjust your dose of Prednisolone without discussing it with your doctor. The effects of lowering the medication too quickly to making your levels too low can make you very sick. ...Read more

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Congenital adrenal hyperplasia -non classical kind, what are some remedies to help with side effects of disease and medicine like steroids?

Congenital adrenal hyperplasia -non classical kind, what are some remedies to help with side effects of disease and medicine like steroids?

Adrenal hyperplasia: The commonest type of congenital adrenal hyperplasia is caused by deficiency of 21 hydroxylase, classical type presents at birth, but non classical may present later in early childhood or during puberty.It is difficult to answer all about it, but some salt depleted patients need to be on steroids and the patints need to be monotored for other defects, it should be trated by a pediatric endocrinologist. ...Read more

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I have Salt Wasting Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia. During an server illness the dr's couldn't get blood so cut my ankles open. Why did they do this? Thanks

I have Salt Wasting Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia. During an server illness the dr's couldn't get blood so cut my ankles open. Why did they do this? Thanks

IV access: It sounds like they had to have reliable access to a superficial vein to put a needle or thread a catheter into your ankle vein to replenish your body with fluids and electrolytes that it lost because of your illness. ...Read more

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How long should congenital adrenal hyperplasia last?

Forever: This is a lifelong genetic issue. Medication & monitoring can decrease the impact on one's life, but it is not like a pneumonia, it doesn't go away after treatment. ...Read more