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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

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

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

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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Can late onset congenital adrenal hyperplasia present itself with hyper pigmentation?

Can late onset congenital adrenal hyperplasia present itself with hyper pigmentation?

Addison's disease: Your history says you have addison's disease (adrenal insufficiency), which is not the same as congenital adrenal hyperplasia. Addison's disease can definitely present with darkening of the skin. Other symptoms can be found here: http://www.Mayoclinic.Com/health/addisons-disease/ds00361/dsection=symptoms. ...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 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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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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Can congenital adrenal hyperplasia affect a persons period?

Can congenital adrenal hyperplasia affect a persons period?

Cong adrenal hyper: Yes. see your physician. Wikipedia and uptodate.com are good reads for this.
There are several kinds of this as well. ...Read more

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Can late onset congenital hyperplasia cause addison's disease?

Can late onset congenital hyperplasia cause addison's disease?

Not really: Addison's disease is adrenal cortical failure due to injury, ablation or autoimmune disorders of adrenal gland or pituitary gland under-production of acth occurring in all genders & ages. Cah occurs mostly in ashkenazi jews, occurs in women in early to mid-adulthood & results in overproduction of androgens (male hormones). These are different disorders. See: http://www.Nadf.Us/diseases/cah.Htm. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of congenital adrenal hyperplasia in girls?

What are symptoms of congenital adrenal hyperplasia in girls?

It varies: Persons with the most common form of congenital adrenal hyperplasia (cah) have a predisposition to make extra testosterone. For girls can manifest as genitalia that is "masculinized" before birth and therefore "ambiguous" at birth. Some girls can also have "salt wasting". Girls can also have somewhat masculinized behaviors. Testosterone levels can be lowered by therapy. www.caresfoundation.org. ...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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Can my heterozygotes status of congenital adrenal hyperplasia (21-Hydrolaxe deficiency, salt-wasting) explain hirsurtism & symptoms like polydipsia?

Can my heterozygotes status of congenital adrenal hyperplasia (21-Hydrolaxe deficiency, salt-wasting) explain hirsurtism & symptoms like polydipsia?

Maybe: Hydroxylase deficiency is actually a continuum, and there are many alleles. A workup is probably not worthwhile. Manage unwanted body hair with electrolysis or lasers -- you're doing yourself a favor. If your urinalysis (chemical, sediment), renal functions (BUN, creatinine) and concentrating ability (SG >1.020) while thirsty) are normal, I would not recommend further studies. ...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 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

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Which symptoms are signs of active adrenal tumor?

Which symptoms are signs of active adrenal tumor?

Variable: Pheochromocytomas produce Adrenalin like hormones: increased bp, anxiety, palpitations, etc. Conn disease: increased BP and weakness from low potassium, cushing: weight gain, hypertension, diabetes, bruising, hair growth. ...Read more

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Can late onset congenital adrenal hyperplasia be confused with addison's or have both?

Can late onset congenital adrenal hyperplasia be confused with addison's or have both?

Yes and no: Both can present with low blood sodium and high potassium and increased pigmentation, but further testing can separate the diagnosis. Addison's by itself in children is very rare. ...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