What is Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia?
Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia is a group of inherited disorders of the adrenal gland. It is caused by mutations in the gene that is responsible for making steroid hormones in the adrenal glands. There are 2 adrenal glands located at the top of each of the kidneys. Hormones are produced by these glands, and are essential for life. This disorder causes the body to produce more androgen which causes male characteristics to appear. This is because androgen is a type of male sex hormone; however this disorder can be found in both boys and girls.
Symptoms of Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia
Symptoms vary depending on the age of diagnosis and the type of congenital adrenal hyperplasia that the patient has. Children with milder forms of this disorder may not show signs during their childhood, and they may be diagnosed in their adulthood. Girls with severe forms have abnormal genitals at birth, while boys with severe forms of this disorder may appear normal at birth. For children with a more severe case of congenital adrenal hyperplasia, signs include poor feeding and vomiting, dehydration, an abnormal heart rhythm, and abnormal levels of sodium and potassium in their blood. Girls with milder forms may appear to have normal female reproductive organs; however they will experience early growth of pubic hair, failure to menstruate, and an enlarged clitoris. For boys with a milder form, they will have a deeper voice, an enlarged penis with normal testes, and have well-developed muscles at an early age. For these boys and girls, they will be taller than most children however during their adulthood they will be much shorter than normal. In their adult life, a woman may face multiple health problems including infertility and risk of developing obesity and hypertension due to excess steroids.
Tests & Treatments for Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia
To test your child, blood tests include serum electrolytes, aldosterone, renin, and cortisol. This is usually diagnosed at the time of birth, and it is easier to notice in female infants compared to male infants. Genetic tests can also be performed to diagnose your child. To treat this disorder, the goal is to return the hormone levels to normal and to maintain fertility and health in their adult life. This can be done by taking cortisol. There are also many support groups available to help understand the disability and find coping mechanisms. Although this is a lifetime condition, it can be treated successfully through steroid medication which will help to improve one’s quality of life.
Eligibility Criteria for Disability Tax Credit for Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia
To be eligible for this tax credit, a person must have Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia for over the period of one full year
How To Apply for Disability Tax Credit for Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia?
To apply for this tax credit Form 2201 entitled “Disability Tax Credit Certificate” must be completed by a registered medical practitioner. This tax credit is only available to those who have taxes payable.
DCC can help to claim this tax credit and collect up to $40,000 in disability tax credits.