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

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Dr. Philip Kern
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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Dr. Chevies Newman
Excellent answer
Dr. Vered Lewy-Weiss
Girls without CAH, who develop early pubic hair and go on to have PCOS, can also have early puberty when bone age is advanced, esp obese.
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