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What symptoms does someone with congenital adrenal hyperplasia have?

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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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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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?

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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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?

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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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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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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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?

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