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What is Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia?
Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia refers to a group of inherited disorders of the adrenal gland.

Signs
Signs of a congenital adrenal hyperplasia include: early signs of puberty, acne, irregular periods, and/or excess facial hair. In more severe cases symptoms include: dehydration, low blood pressure, trouble keeping enough salt in the body, altered development of the external genitalia in girls, benign testicular tumors and infertility in men.

When to See a Doctor

If your child has any of the above symptoms, contact a doctor for possible congenital adrenal hyperplasia.

Tests

To diagnose congenital adrenal hyperplasia tests include: physical exam, blood test, urine test, hormonal tests in newborns. Prenatal testing can diagnose congenital adrenal hyperplasia in fetuses. 

Management
Treatment for congenital adrenal hyperplasia includes: replacement hormone medication, cortisone medications and reconstructive surgery in some infant girls who have ambiguous external genitalia.

Chances of Getting
Congenital adrenal hyperplasia risks include: genetics, Ashkenazi Jews, Hispanics, Yugoslavs and Eskimos.

Day-to-Day Approach
Support groups are available for those living with congenital adrenal hyperplasia.

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