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Dr. Liuska Pesce
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Cushing's Syndrome (Overview)

When a noncancerous (benign) tumor of the pituitary gland (located at the base of the brain), secretes an excess amount of ACTH, which in turn stimulates the adrenal glands to make too much cortisol.


Dr. Liuska Pesce
292 doctors shared insights

Cushing's Syndrome (Overview)

When a noncancerous (benign) tumor of the pituitary gland (located at the base of the brain), secretes an excess amount of ACTH, which in turn stimulates the adrenal glands to make too much cortisol.


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My lover has just been diagnosed with cushing’s syndrome. I am worried but she acts like it is not a problem. Who can tell me what it means?

My lover has just been diagnosed with cushing’s syndrome. I am worried but she acts like it is not a problem. Who can tell me what it means?

Too much cortisol: Cushing's syndrome means the body has too much cortisol in it. This can lead to high blood pressure, diabetes, osteoporosis. It can be caused by medications like Prednisone (most common cause - doesn't need treatment, but should try to minimize steroid dose), or by a cortisol producing tumor (needs surgery) or a certain type of pituitary tumor (called cushing's disease - also needs surgery). ...Read more

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With cushing’s syndrome what are my treatment options?

With cushing’s syndrome what are my treatment options?

Many options: First, find out what's causing the cushing's syndrome. If it's due to overuse of steroids, cut down on the dose. If it's due to a tumor, surgery is the best treatment.Tumor in the pituitary can be removed by neurosurgeons, tumors in the adrenal, pancreas, lung can be removed by surgeons. Radiation therapy is used if surgery is not complete. Last but not least, medications can be used. ...Read more

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What are the advantages and disadvantages of different treatments for cushing’s syndrome?

What are the advantages and disadvantages of different treatments for cushing’s syndrome?

Depends: The treatment options depend on the cause of the cushing's syndrome. If the cause is due to overuse of steroids, then the treatment is to lower the dose. This is the best case scenario. Other treatment options involve: surgery (pros: cure possible, cons: surgery +/- complications), radiation therapy (cons: side effects), medications (cons: usually not a cure, side effects from med)... ...Read more

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Dr. Felix Toro Dr. Toro
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Eat healthy. Exercise. Avoid smoking. Why did I get cushing’s syndrome?

Eat healthy. Exercise. Avoid smoking. Why did I get cushing’s syndrome?

Not lifestyle issue: Primary cushing's syndrome is the result of an endocrine active mass of adrenal gland cells that become so not as a result of lifestyle habits (good or bad). It's not your fault, but fortunately often completely curable. There are secondary cushing's syndromes related to medications doctors give to treat certain conditions, and it becomes a balance of benefits vs. Risks. ...Read more

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What is cushing's syndrome?

What is cushing's syndrome?

Symptom / sign mix: The familiar physical changes from excess glucocorticoids from any cause, made in the body or prescribged. Red, swollen face, hypertension, glucose intolerance, truncal obesity, fat pad on back of neck, fragile skin, likelihood to get infections, mood problems, acne, more. Contrast "cushing's disease" in which these by definition result from a pituitary adenoma making acth. ...Read more

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Is cushing's syndrome easy to diagnose?

Is cushing's syndrome easy to diagnose?

No, it's a tough one: Cushing's syndrome is a condition where your body makes too much cortisol (a hormone). A blood draw, 24 hour urine measurement of cortisol, midnight salivary cortisol measurement or a test called dexamathasone suppression test can be done to give you the diagnosis. Often time, you'll need multiple or all of the tests above to make an accurate diagnosis. It's one of the hardest diagnosis to make. ...Read more

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What is cushing's syndrome and it affect?

What is cushing's syndrome and it affect?

Hormonal...: It is hormonal problem where the body experiences changes due to too much glucocorticoids which might be elevated for different reasons like for example adrenal tumors( usually benign), medications, other hormonal issues. Symptoms can be weight gain, elevated blood sugar, fatigue, muscle weakness, moon face, among others. ...Read more

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What are the tests for cushing's syndrome?

What are the tests for cushing's syndrome?

CUSHING'S SYNDROME: Dx: 1. Urinary free cortisol - 4 x upper limit of normal. 2. Dexamethasone test- plasma cortosol level elevated.3. Acth level is elevated in pituitary cause. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of cushing's syndrome?

What are the symptoms of cushing's syndrome?

Cushings varies: The symptoms of Cushing's disease vary, but they can include weight gain, increased blood pressure, a round-shaped face, headaches, mood changes, altered menses, hair growth, the formation of a lump at the top of the back, and fatigue / tiredness. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of cushing's syndrome?

What are the symptoms of cushing's syndrome?

Many: The signs and symptoms of cushing's syndrome vary. Common signs and symptoms involve progressive obesity and skin changes, such as: weight gain and fatty tissue deposits, particularly around the midsection and upper back, in the face (moon face) and between the shoulders (buffalo hump) pink or purple stretch marks (striae) on the skin of the abdomen, thighs, breasts and arms thinnin. ...Read more

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What kind of condition is cushing's syndrome?

What kind of condition is cushing's syndrome?

Cushing's syndrome: Cushing's syndrome is a condition where your body makes too much cortisol (a hormone). A blood draw, 24 hour urine measurement of cortisol, midnight salivary cortisol measurement or a test called dexamathasone suppression test can be done to give you the diagnosis. Often time, you need multiple or all of the tests above to make an accurate diagnosis. ...Read more

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Living with PMS (Premenstrual syndrome) (Checklist)

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How do you know if someone has cushing's syndrome?

Many symptoms: Symptoms / signs: truncal obesity (mr. Potatohead look), "moon" facies, thinning of skin, easy bruising, "buffalo" hump in upper back, purple stretch marks, hypertension, fatigue, psychiatric sx, insomnia, excess hair growth, muscle weakness and loss. Symptoms are often progressive and should prompt screening. ...Read more

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What age group is most prone to having cushing's syndrome?

What age group is most prone to having cushing's syndrome?

Cushings syndrome: Cushing’s syndrome most commonly affects adults aged 20 to 50, and is more prevalent in females, accounting for about 70 percent of all cases. ...Read more