congenital virilizing adrenal hyperplasia
Definition: 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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