Linear Growth of Children With Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia

2019-09-15 03:11:25 | BioPortfolio


The congenital adrenal hyperplasias (CAHs) comprise a family of autosomal recessive disorders that disrupt adrenal steroidogenesis. Three specific enzyme deficiencies are associated with virilization of affected women. The most common form is 21-hydroxylase deficiency (21-OHD) due to mutations in the 21-hydroxylase (CYP21A2) gene. Other virilizing forms include 3b-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase type 2 (HSD3B2) and 11b-hydroxylase deficiencies associated with mutations in the HSD3B2 and 11b-hydroxylase (CYP11B1) genes, respectively.


It has been reported that approximately one child in every 18000 born in Great Britain has CAH. In North America, the incidence varies from 1:15000 to 1:16000. The reported rates of CAH have been as high as 1:280 among the Yupik people of Alaska and 1:2100 on the French island of Réunion in Indian ocean; both of these populations are geographically isolated. The reported incidence of CAH in the two Brazilian states that have routinely included CAH in their public newborn screening programs is 1:11655 in the South (Santa Catarina) and 1:10325 in Midwest (Goiás).

Salt-losing CAH accounts for about three quartes of cases reported and non-salt losing CAH for one quarter. Non-classic is more common ;Estimated as 1 in 1000-2000 in white populations. It is more frequent in certain ethnic groups, such as the Ashkenazi Jewish population. The mild non-classic form is a common cause of hyperandrogenism.

Treatment of classic 21-OHD consists of replacement doses of gluco- (GC) and mineralocorticoids aiming to reduce excess androgen, and to allow adequate linear growth. However, several series report that growth in these children is below expectation, as compared with both the reference population and the target height (TH).

The reasons for the inadequate growth and impairment of the final height (FH) are not completely understood. A major cause is the difficulty in accomplishing a fine balance between inhibition of excess androgen production which accelerates bone maturation and adequate GC replacement itself which even at slightly supraphysiologic doses can be deleterious to growth.

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Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia


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Medical and Biotech [MESH] Definitions

An adrenal microsomal cytochrome P450 enzyme that catalyzes the 21-hydroxylation of steroids in the presence of molecular oxygen and NADPH-FERRIHEMOPROTEIN REDUCTASE. This enzyme, encoded by CYP21 gene, converts progesterones to precursors of adrenal steroid hormones (CORTICOSTERONE; HYDROCORTISONE). Defects in CYP21 cause congenital adrenal hyperplasia (ADRENAL HYPERPLASIA, CONGENITAL).

A mitochondrial cytochrome P450 enzyme that catalyzes the 11-beta-hydroxylation of steroids in the presence of molecular oxygen and NADPH-FERRIHEMOPROTEIN REDUCTASE. This enzyme, encoded by CYP11B1 gene, is important in the synthesis of CORTICOSTERONE and HYDROCORTISONE. Defects in CYP11B1 cause congenital adrenal hyperplasia (ADRENAL HYPERPLASIA, CONGENITAL).

A group of inherited disorders of the ADRENAL GLANDS, caused by enzyme defects in the synthesis of cortisol (HYDROCORTISONE) and/or ALDOSTERONE leading to accumulation of precursors for ANDROGENS. Depending on the hormone imbalance, congenital adrenal hyperplasia can be classified as salt-wasting, hypertensive, virilizing, or feminizing. The most common defect is in STEROID 21-HYDROXYLASE. Other defects occur in STEROID 11-BETA-HYDROXYLASE; STEROID 17-ALPHA-HYDROXYLASE; or 3-beta-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase (3-HYDROXYSTEROID DEHYDROGENASES).

Neoplasm derived from displaced cells (rest cells) of the primordial ADRENAL GLANDS, generally in patients with CONGENITAL ADRENAL HYPERPLASIA. Adrenal rest tumors have been identified in TESTES; LIVER; and other tissues. They are dependent on ADRENOCORTICOTROPIN for growth and adrenal steroid secretion.

A microsomal cytochrome P450 enzyme that catalyzes the 17-alpha-hydroxylation of progesterone or pregnenolone and subsequent cleavage of the residual two carbons at C17 in the presence of molecular oxygen and NADPH-FERRIHEMOPROTEIN REDUCTASE. This enzyme, encoded by CYP17 gene, generates precursors for glucocorticoid, androgen, and estrogen synthesis. Defects in CYP17 gene cause congenital adrenal hyperplasia (ADRENAL HYPERPLASIA, CONGENITAL) and abnormal sexual differentiation.

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