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What are the fertility treatment options for a woman diagnosed with non classic congenital adrenal hyperplasia?

What are the fertility treatment options for a woman diagnosed with non classic congenital adrenal hyperplasia?

Treatment of cause: non classic congenital adrenal hyperplasia needs specific treatment of the underlying condition. Standard fertility treatment will work if the basic metabolic and hormonal problem is corrected first ...Read more

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

A collection of genetic conditions that limit your adrenal glands' ability to ...Read more


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What are the similarities of pcos and non-classical congenital adrenal hyperplasia?

What are the similarities of pcos and non-classical congenital adrenal hyperplasia?

Many similarities: Women with pcos or non-classical cah can have essentially identical symptoms: irregular periods, hirsutism, even virilization, infertility, acne. Both usually have features of metabolic syndrome/insulin resistance. Non-classical cah can have precocious puberty. The test to distinguish the two is a baseline and acth stimulated 17-oh progesterone. An endocrinologist is needed for this situation. ...Read more

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How to treat non-classical congenital adrenal hyperplasia?

How to treat non-classical congenital adrenal hyperplasia?

Male or Female?: This would depend on the age and sex of the patient in addition to the degree of severity. If cortisol response is normal and a male is affected, often times steroid suppression is stopped after puberty. This is more complicated in females who may otherwise suffer from irregular periods, hirsutism, recalcitrant acne. They may need treatment through adulthood. Please discuss with endocrinologist. ...Read more

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How alike are pcos and non-classical congenital adrenal hyperplasia?

Symptoms only: Pcos and nccah have pretty much the same symptoms; irregular cycles and symptoms of too much male hormone. Cah however is caused by a missing enzyme and pcos is usually a metabolic problem. ...Read more

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Who has congenital adrenal hyperplasia?

Who has congenital adrenal hyperplasia?

Enzyme deficiency: Deficiency of 21 hydroxylase enzyme needed for synthesis of gluco- and mineralo-corticoids causes excessive production of sex hormones, mainly male sex hormones. The result is endocrine disturbance in both boys and girls and virilization in girls. ...Read more

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What is congenital adrenal hyperplasia?

What is congenital adrenal hyperplasia?

Enzyme defeciency: This disease results from deficiency of an enzyme, 21 hydroxylase, that is essential for synthesis of adrenal hormones. Block in the synthesis of glucoroticoids causes excess production of male sex hormones. See this site for more information. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0001448/. ...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

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What sort of disease is congenital adrenal hyperplasia?

What sort of disease is congenital adrenal hyperplasia?

Missing enzyme: There are different types. They all involve a deficiency of an enzyme needed in cortisol production. Since the pituitary senses there isn't enough cortisol, it keeps trying to make the adrenals make cortisol. But because that enzyme is missing, the building blocks of cortisol build up. These substances get turned into androgens - male hormones - and cause abnormalities in sexual development. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of congenital adrenal hyperplasia?

What are the symptoms of congenital adrenal hyperplasia?

Classic or non?: Classic cah is diagnosed mostly on newborn screening. It results from a block in the synthesis of cortisol and usually also aldosterone. Females will often have ambiguous genitalia. Males don't look different. Permanent replacement with Hydrocortisone & Fludrocortisone (may not need past childhood) are needed for sustaining life and salt balance. Pediatric endocrinologists follow very closely. ...Read more

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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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What symptoms does someone with congenital adrenal hyperplasia have?

CAH: This is due to the lack of an enzyme needed for the adrenals to make cortisol and aldosterone. The body then uses the precursors to make androgen (male hormones) instead. Symptoms for girls: deep voice, abnormal menstruation, early appearance of pubic/armpit hairs, genitials looking both male and female...For boys: deep voice, enlarged penis, small testes, early appearance of pubic, armpit hair... ...Read more

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Can you tell me what is congenital adrenal hyperplasia in simple words?

Yes: These people have a gene that makes it hard to make the necessary hormone cortisol, and the molecules get shunted into producing masculinizing hormones instead. The adrenals are big. In mild cases, it simply produces extra body hair in women. In severe cases, a little girl's genitals are ambiguous from birth, or a little boy reaches puberty at a very early age. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: congenital adrenal hyperplasia?

What is the definition or description of: congenital adrenal hyperplasia?

See below: 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 androgens (for example, testosterone). ...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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Is it possible that i fight the symptoms of congenital adrenal hyperplasia?

Unclear question: You did not provide any symptoms or signs and it is not feasible to answer the question without examining you and doing some blood tests. Please consult a doctor for an evaluation. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of congenital adrenal hyperplasia and can I fight them?

Hormone imbalance: Deficiency of 21 hydroxylase enzyme results in reduced synthesis of gluco- and mineralo- corticoids and excess production of male sex hormones. There is not way to "fight" the disease, but it can be treated with glucocorticoids, e.g., predinisolone. The defect causes virilization in girls an pre-mature puberty in boys. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what is congenital adrenal hyperplasia and its effects and cause?

Genetic defect: There is more than one type of inherited enzyme defect that results in lack of normal adrenal hormones and enlargement of the gland. It results in electrolyte abnormalities and defects of sex organs. See this site for more info. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/congenital-adrenal-hyperplasia/ds00915. ...Read more

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May I ask what are the effects of late Congenital adrenal hyperplasia medication at 6 years old?

May I ask what are the effects of late Congenital adrenal hyperplasia medication at 6 years old?

Varies: This situation is extremely serious even if the illness is mild. There are various ways of treating it, but you need to discuss this with Junior's physician. I am glad it was diagnosed. ...Read more