CHOP Adrenal and Puberty Center Named Center of Excellence

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Main Hospital The Division of Endocrinology and Diabetes at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) is proud to announce the CARES Foundation has named CHOP a Center of Excellence in treating Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia (CAH).

CAH is an inherited disorder of the adrenal glands that can affect both boys and girls. People with CAH cannot properly make cortisol and in some cases, are unable to produce aldosterone. They also produce too much of some androgens, such as testosterone and 17-hydroxyprogesterone. These hormone imbalances can lead to serious illness, atypical genitalia, early puberty, growth concerns and other problems.

The Adrenal and Puberty Center at CHOP team works to develop an individualized treatment plan to manage each patient. The Center offers a multidisciplinary team of endocrinologists, urologists, nurse practitioners, social workers, psychologists, genetic counselors and other professionals with experience in treating adrenal disorders.