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Could a child have cah and what should I do?

Could a child have cah and what should I do?

Yes: If you mean congenital adrenal hyperplasia by cah then yes a child can have it. If this is a concern see your physician and if you need a referral to an endocrinologist, your doctor can help with that. ...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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Could my child have cah and what should I do?

Hepatitis?: Is that chronic active hepatitis you are referring to? If it is, no, that is an adult disease. However your child can have some form of hepatitis, of which there are quite a few types. As usual, this is a question for your pediatrician, and parents history is very important with relation to a child's health, too. ...Read more

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Does cah in a 7yr old cause profuse sweat?

Does cah in a 7yr old cause profuse sweat?

CAH: No but electrolyte imballance or hypoglycemia does. These can be associated with classic salt-losing cah. ...Read more

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Is congenital adrenal problem like cah always serious and why?

Is congenital adrenal problem like cah always serious and why?

Not always: Unless it's onset is with birth and associated with severe salt wasting ( that's why it's part of the newborn screen in all 50 states). It's carrier rate is quite common however, almost 1 in 40 so many people ate walking around without knowing they are carriers ! ...Read more

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Does glycyrrhizic acid (in liquorice root) have glucocorticoid effects? If so, has it ever been studied for use in treating lo-cah? Study links?

No: Glycyrrhizinic acid inhibits an enzyme in the kidney (11?-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase). This enzyme inactivates cortisol in the kidney. Inhibition of this enzyme leads to decreased inactivation of cortisol and thus to increased cortisol levels. Not expected to work in cah since this is characterized by an inabilty to make cortisol. ...Read more

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What are the effects of not taking medicine for cah?

What are the effects of not taking medicine for cah?

Risky: If don't take medicine may be susceptible to low sodium (electrolyte) imbalance. This can be serious. Also you may be susceptible to low blood pressure under stressful conditions. Try not to miss any doses. One missed dose probably won't hurt ...Read more

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Can addison's disease co exist with late onset cah?

Can addison's disease co exist with late onset cah?

2 distinct diseases: These are 2 very different conditions, both of which result in inadequate production of cortisol (as well as mineralocorticoids). Addison disease = failure of or destruction of the adrenal cortex. Cah = enzymatic deficiency which blocks the hormone production in the adrenals, generally presenting as a newborn. Similar results--potentially lethal cortisol deficiency--but very different diseases. ...Read more

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To find out if I have late onset cah, do they test your thyroid?

To find out if I have late onset cah, do they test your thyroid?

They should, only: Because this is an endocrine abnormality (endocrinopath) and it is not uncommon that if one has one, that another may co-exist. However, generally, thyroid function and hormone levels are normal with cah. ...Read more

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