Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia | Treatment

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What treatment is available for CAH?

Right now, there is no cure for CAH, but there is treatment. Your doctor will prescribe a hormone replacement medicine that will need to be taken every day. The goal of treatment is to get the hormones to a normal level. Extra cortisol may need to be taken during times of stress, such as surgery.

Your doctor will closely monitor your child to make sure there are no side effects from the medicine. Your doctor will also order regular blood tests to make sure the medicine is keeping your child's hormone levels properly balanced.

Source

Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia: Not Really a Zebra by MA Deaton, JE Glorioso, DB McLean (American Family Physician March 01, 1999, http://www.aafp.org/afp/990301ap/1190.html)

Written by familydoctor.org editorial staff

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

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Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia

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