At a Glance
Why Get Tested?
To screen for, detect, and monitor treatment for congenital adrenal hyperplasia (CAH); sometimes to help rule out other conditions
When to Get Tested?
1. as part of a routine newborn screen, when an infant has ambiguous genitalia i.e it unclear if the child is male or female
2. when a young female has hirsutism (excess hair) or other symptoms of virilization
3. when a male child has premature sexual development
4. periodically to monitor CAH treatment
A blood sample taken from a vein in your arm or blood from a heelprick for an infant.
Saliva specimens may also be suitable for analysis in some specialist laboratories.
Test Preparation Needed?