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Congenital adrenal hyperplasia (CAH) is a genetic disorder in which the adrenal gland produces an overabundance of certain male hormones called androgens. As a result, a child with CAH is born with a reproductive tract that is not normally developed, and the child is neither “fully” male nor female.
Here are some basics about CAH:
How Boston Children’s Hospital approaches congenital adrenal hyperplasia
The Disorders of Sexual Development (DSD) and Gender Management Service (GeMS) at Children's is a multidisciplinary clinic that treats children with CAH and other disorders of sexual differentiation. Here at GeMS, we’re sensitive to the both the physical and the psychosocial aspects of these conditions, and work closely with patients and their families to find the treatment that works best for everyone.
Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia: Reviewed by David A. Diamond, MD © Children’s Hospital Boston; posted in 2011
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