Treatment of Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia involves primarily providing the body a replacement for the missing Cortisol and Aldosterone, and at the same time preventing excess Androgens.
To provide a Cortisol replacement and to suppress Androgen production, a synthetic Glucocorticoid is used. A Mineralocorticoid is used to replace the deficient Aldosterone.
Glucocorticoid treatment is given for anyone with Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia, irrespective of whether they are salt wasting or not. It has to be sufficient to replace the deficient or missing Cortisol, and at the same time, it has to prevent the Adrenal glands from over producing Androgens.
In the case of someone with salt wasting Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia, in addition to the Glucocorticoids, they also require a Mineralocorticoid or Flurocortisone, to replace the deficient Aldosterone. Aldosterone is required to regulate salt and fluid levels and to maintain normal blood circulation.
1-hydroxylase deficiency Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia is usually diagnosed by elevated levels of 17-Hydroxyprogesterone, with or without low Cortisol levels in a patient’s blood sample.
The primary issue in Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia is the inability of the adrenal glands to create enough cortisol in all clinical forms of CAH and in addition, inability to make enough aldosterone in the salt-wasting form.
This treatment is given for anyone with CAH, irrespective of whether they are salt wasting or not. It has to be sufficient to replace the deficient or missing Cortisol, and at the same time, it has to prevent the Adrenal glands from over producing Androgens.
In the case of someone with salt wasting CAH, in addition to the Glucocorticoids, they also require a Mineralocorticoid or Flurocortisone, to replace the deficient Aldosterone which is required to regulate salt and fluid levels and to maintain normal blood circulation.
We understand how challenging it can be for parents of CAH children, who need to manage so many things.
In the first of a series of handouts for parents, we have created an Emergency Awareness Handout Pack that includes a handout for Schools and a bonus handout for parents.
by C. Y. Hsu and Scott A. Rivkees MD
CAH is an inherited disorder of the adrenal glands. Its effects can be wide-ranging and serious-from problems of ambiguous genitalia in baby girls; to problems with growth and physical development; to problems with infertility and hormone imbalance.
by Peter C Hindmarsh and Kathy Geertsma
Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia: A Comprehensive Guide addresses how hydrocortisone works, what can go wrong, and how to correct it, also explaining why the timing of doses and measurement of cortisol from a dose is extremely important.
We have created a Facebook page called Omkar's Journey with Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia to chronicle all possible events and scenarios in the life of a child with CAH, with a view to let new parents know what to expect.
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The Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia Support India group on Facebook is a closed group and is for discussion and sharing of information relevant to Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia only. This is a safe place for parents whose children have CAH to exchange and seek information that might help them deal with the problem. Note that posts which are not relevant to CAH and which are advertisements for sales of products, services or groups will be deleted and the person posting the message will be removed from the group without notice. If you wish to join this group: