A 30-year-old member asked:
what are the glands and hormones out of balance in cushing syndrome?
2 doctor answers
Dr. Andrew Freeman answered
18 years experience Cardiology
Adrenals: Cushing syndrome is an excess of cortisol (a steroid) produced predominantly by the adrenal (suprarenal) glands.
Answered on Mar 5, 2014
Dr. James Chu answered
25 years experience Endocrinology
Adrenal dysfunction: The most common form of cushing syndrome is due to taking glucocorticoid rxs (hormones such as prednisone, hydrocortisone) to treat asthma, arthritis, inflammatory bowel, etc. In the less common endogenous cushing syndrome, the adrenal gland (either one or both) produces too much cortisol hormone. This can be due to an over-acive tumor in the adrenal, or in pituitary gland that controls adrenals.
Answered on Aug 12, 2015
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