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Congenital adrenal hyperplasia


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How might congenital adrenal hyperplasia be treated?

The best treatment options for congenital adrenal hyperplasia (CAH) depend on many factors including the type of CAH and the signs and symptoms present in each person. Many people with CAH require steroids to replace the low hormones. These medications will need to be taken daily throughout life or the symptoms of CAH may return. It is important that affected people on medications be closely followed by their healthcare provider because their dose may need to be adjusted at different times in life such as periods of high stress or illness.

Girls with severe CAH who are born with ambiguous genitalia may undergo surgery to ensure proper function and/or to make the genitals look more female.[1][2][3]

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Last updated: 12/27/2014

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  2. Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia. Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. July 2013;
  3. Thomas A Wilson, MD. Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia. Medscape Reference. April 2014;

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Other Names for this Disease
  • CAH
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