Compromised Adult Height in Females with Non-Classical Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia Diagnosed in Childhood

Rachel Bello*, Liora Lazar, Moshe Phillip, Liat De Vries

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Introduction: Data on adult height (AHt) in individuals with non-classical congenital adrenal hyperplasia (NCCAH) are inconsistent. Methods: We conducted a retrospective study of 109 females diagnosed with NCCAH at age <18 years who reached AHt. We studied AHt compared to target height (THt) and the correlation of AHt with clinical parameters. Results: The mean age at diagnosis was 9.7 ± 4.4 years; the mean follow-up was 10.9 ± 6.3 years. Hydrocortisone treatment (11.0 ± 5.0 mg/m2) was initiated at age 9.7 ± 4.0 years. Bone age was more advanced in girls who presented with central precocious puberty or early puberty (CPP/EP) (n = 43) than with timely puberty. AHt-standard deviation score (SDS) was lower than Ht-SDS at diagnosis (-0.8 ± 1.0 vs. +0.2 ± 1.3; p < 0.001) and-0.3 SDS shorter than THt (p < 0.001). Height, weight, and body mass index-SDS at last visits were similar between patients treated with glucocorticoids (n = 92) and those never treated (n = 17). AHt was comparable between patients with timely puberty and with CPP/EP, with no difference between those treated or not by GnRH analogue. AHt was similar between patients who were fully pubertal (Tanner 5), pre-pubertal (Tanner 1), and pubertal (Tanner 2-4) at diagnosis (158.0 ± 7.6, 158.1 ± 6.1, and 157.5 ± 6.5, respectively; p = 0.9). AHt-SDS was correlated with THt (R = 0.67, p < 0.001) and Ht-SDS at diagnosis (R = 0.7, p < 0.001) but not with age at diagnosis (R =-0.05, p = 0.6), the extent of bone age advancement (R =-0.04, p = 0.72), glucocorticoid treatment duration (R =-0.11, p = 0.34), or dose (R =-0.04, p = 0.70). Conclusion: AHt of females diagnosed with NCCAH in childhood was lower than their THt. Glucocorticoid treatment duration and dose, pubertal status at diagnosis, and having CPP or EP were not correlated with AHt.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)465-472
Number of pages8
JournalHormone Research in Paediatrics
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1 Oct 2023


  • Adult height
  • Glucocorticoid treatment
  • Non-classical congenital adrenal hyperplasia


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