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Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia

  1. Maria I New

Published Online: 28 MAY 2003

DOI: 10.1038/npg.els.0002261



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New, M. I. 2003. Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia. eLS. .

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  1. Weill Medical College of Cornell University, New York, USA

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  1. Published Online: 28 MAY 2003

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Congenital adrenal hyperplasia is a family of treatable disorders whose common feature is impaired cortisol synthesis, most often due to an enzymatic defect. In some forms, a build-up of steroids in the pathway prior to the defective enzyme leads to an overproduction of androgens and virilization of an affected female fetus.


  • congenital adrenal hyperplasia;
  • 21-hydroxylase;
  • ambiguous genitalia;
  • prenatal diagnosis and treatment