The Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia Comprehensive Care Center at Cohen Children’s has a multidisciplinary team of healthcare professionals who are experts in the care of congenital adrenal hyperplasia (CAH), a complex genetic disorder that affects the adrenal glands. The goal of the center is to provide excellence in the diagnosis and treatment of CAH in infants, children, adolescents and adults. The center also conducts CAH research that will improve patients’ lives, as well as educate patients, family members and other healthcare providers in CAH and its management, and offers compassionate care and hope for those living with this condition.
The Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia Comprehensive Care Center at Cohen Children’s is one of four centers in the United States specializing in the treatment of CAH. The center is staffed by experienced pediatric endocrinologists, medical endocrinologists, reproductive endocrinologists, pediatric urologists/surgeons, endocrine nurses and mental health professionals. Research, education and advocacy are inherent parts of the CAH Comprehensive Care Center aimed at improving long-term outcomes. Our team is highly experienced in treating CAH and related disorders and will answer all your questions when you visit.
The Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia Research, Education, and Support (CARES) Foundation Inc. serves CAH patients of all ages from around the world. The CARES Foundation has designated certain medical centers to serve as medical homes for the treatment of CAH patients. These centers are staffed by experienced CAH professionals who can answer questions and provide support for patient and families living with this condition. The goal of the Cohen Children’s CAH Comprehensive Care Center is the creation of an environment focused on health and quality of life for patients, research, education and advocacy.
What is congenital adrenal hyperplasia?
Congenital adrenal hyperplasia (CAH) is a multifaceted, inherited condition of the adrenal glands. The adrenal glands are located just above the kidneys and produce hormones that help regulate many vital functions of the body. About 95 percent of cases of CAH are caused by 21-hydroxylase deficiency, which is an enzyme essential in the production of two adrenal steroid hormones, cortisol and aldosterone. Deficient production of these substances causes disruption in the delicate balance of the body’s hormones. Some children with CAH are born with an abnormally developed reproductive tract, referred to as ambiguous genitalia. The sensitive nature of this often-misunderstood condition can be unsettling to parents and poses a unique set of challenges in terms of care, requiring medical advice and treatment across multiple healthcare disciplines and specialties.
For more information about the Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia Comprehensive Care Center:
- Patients under 18, call (516) 472-3750
- Patients over 18, call (516) 465-4377