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Do adrenal gland disorders affect children differently than adults?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Adrenal gland disorders in children can cause weight loss, vomiting, failure to thrive, and dehydration. Both boys and girls may have excess male hormones, resulting in an enlarged penis in boys and ambiguous sex organs in girls. Children with adrenal gland disorders may grow quickly, but their adult stature will nevertheless be small. They may reach puberty at a young age but remain infertile. Girls may have irregular menstrual periods throughout their lives and may develop male sexual characteristics at puberty, such as facial hair or a deepening voice. Both boys and girls may be infertile. Other symptoms include low bone density, low blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity, acne, and lowered immunity.

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