The Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia affects one out of 9000 newborns.
Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia (CAH)
In cases of CAH, the adrenal glands produce insufficient cortisol an salt-retaining hormones. This leads to dangerous crises involving low blood sugar and blood presure levels and the loss of salts during infections with fevers. There also is an excessive production of male hormones that causes masculine development of the outer genitalia in affected girls. Boys’ genitals develop normally, but puberty sets in early, leading to stunted growth and infertility.
Therapy is simple: The lacking hormones are taken orally. If treatment begins shortly after birth, no damage is caused.
The disorder affects one in 9000 newborns.
Easily treatable by means of oral hormone replacement therapy.
The substitution must be carried out throughout one’s life.
Long-term care should be handled by an experienced paediatrician, who carries out the regularly required clinical tests and laboratory controls in collaboration with a paediatric endocrinologist.