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Newborns: In more severe cases of CAH, the body loses too much salt because there is no aldosterone available to regulate it. This salt wasting can lead to:
Girls: Females with CAH will have normal internal structures of the reproductive tract (i.e. ovaries, uterus, and fallopian tubes). However, they may have ambiguous external genitalia, which means that their sex may be unclear based on their external sexual features alone. As these girls get older, they may have some or all of the following symptoms:
However, as the boy gets older, he will develop symptoms of masculinization even before reaching puberty:
CARES (Congenital Adrenal hyperplasia Research, Education, and Support) Foundation
A great website with information and links to other resources.
CAH Education and Support Network
Easy to navigate information and support for those affected by the disease. Also includes a glossary of terms and links to other sites.
A great website dedicated to children with diseases involving growth with information on support groups, research and ongoing clinical trials.
National Adrenal Disease Foundation
A nice website with educational and supportive information.