congenital virilizing adrenal hyperplasia


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con·gen·i·tal vir·i·liz·ing a·dre·nal hy·per·pla·si·a

a series of inherited inborn errors of metabolism with hyperplasia of the adrenal cortex and overproduction of virilizing hormones. Most common forms are due to partial or complete 21-hydroxylase deficiency, leading to increased ACTH production by the pituitary, stimulating adrenal growth and function. The severe virilizing form is characterized by salt loss.
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