Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia | Symptoms


What are the symptoms of CAH?

Female children who have severe CAH might be born with ambiguous genitalia. This means that their genitals may look more male than female. As they get older, girls who have CAH may develop facial hair and a deep voice, and they may have abnormal menstrual periods or no periods at all. Boys who have CAH often have well-developed muscles and develop masculine features early.

People who have CAH may be shorter than most average adults. They may have acne and blood pressure problems. When they get colds and sinus infections they don't get better as quickly as other people do. Women who have mild CAH often have irregular periods. They may have trouble getting pregnant.


Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia: Not Really a Zebra by MA Deaton, JE Glorioso, DB McLean (American Family Physician March 01, 1999,

Written by editorial staff

Reviewed/Updated: 07/13
Created: 03/99


Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia



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