Congenital adrenal hyperplasia is a problem that commonly occurs in children and is a genetic condition where the adrenal glands become restricted and are unable to make some hormones, especially cortisol. This disease can impact growth of genitals. Symptoms include enraged penis or ambiguous genitals for girls followed with vomiting and dehydration.
HOW IS CONGENITAL ADRENAL HYPERPLASIA DIAGNOSED?
The diagnosis will usually be carried out by an Endocrinologist or a paediatrician with a series of lab tests to check for hypoglycaemia, hyponatremia and hyperkalemia. A Corticotropin simulation test can also help in diagnosis. Neo natal screening may also be used.
HOW IS CONGENITAL ADRENAL HYPERPLASIA TREATED?
There are various kinds of steroids and replacement hormone medication provided to such children for enhancing their genitals and aiding in quick recovery. In rare cases, surgery may be essential and can be done as early as the infancy stage for the child.
DID YOU KNOW?
Although Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia can be life-threatening, most people with this disorder lead normal lives