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Is addison's disease genetic?

Is addison's disease genetic?

Not usually: The leading causes of Addison' disease in the US are: autoimmune; metastatic cancer; bleeding into adrenal glands; infectious infiltration (such as tuberculosis). Only the autoimmune type may possibly run in families, whose members typically have other autoimmune disorders such as type 1 diabetes, hypothyroidism, vitiligo, pernicious anemia, or myasthenia gravis, to name a few. ...Read more

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What's cushings disease?

What's cushings disease?

ACTH from pituitary: By definition this is caused by an acth-producing tumor that causes the adrenal glands to overproduce cortisol. Any cause of too much cortisol or some other substance with cortisol-like activity will produce obesity, hypertension, glucose intolerance / high blood sugar, mood changes, immune compromise, and red face (c's syndrome). This is always serious and you need a skilled physician. Good luck. ...Read more

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What is cushing's disease?

What is cushing's disease?

Pituitary tumor: Cushing's syndrome is any conditions that cause the adrenal gland to produce too much cortisol. Cushing's disease is a adenoma (tumor) in the pituitary that produces a hormone called acth which causes the adrenal gland to produce too much cortisol. ...Read more

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Is cushing's disease curable?

Is cushing's disease curable?

Sometimes: Cushing's disease can be cured by pituitary surgery: removing the small benign tumor causing the adrenal to overwork. However pituitary surgery is not 100% effective and some people may need to have the adrenal glands themselves removed. The options for curing cushing's syndrome depend on its cause, as there many potential causes, including cushing's disease. ...Read more

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What is cushing disease ?

Disease vrs Syndrome: Cushing disease, which is hypercortisolism caused by an acth-secreting pituitary adenoma, is the most common cause of cushing syndrome, and is responsible for 60% to 70% of cases. Cushing syndrome is mainly caused by other sources of corticosteroids like the medicines dr prescribe to treat many conditions ( prednisone, medrol, (methylprednisolone) solumedrol, (methylprednisolone) deposed rol, etc) commonly in copd, asthma, allergies. ...Read more

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What is ?Cushing's disease?

What is ?Cushing's disease?

Pituitary ACTH: Cushings syndrome is a clinical syndrome produced by excess cortisol in the body. Cushings disease is one of the potential causes of the syndrome in which a benign pituitary tumor secretes an excess of acth (adrenocorticotropic hormone) this stimulates adrenal secretion of excess cortisol and produces cushings syndrome. ...Read more

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Hi. What is wilson disease diseas?

Hi. What is wilson disease diseas?

Copper: Wilson's disease is a disorder of copper metabolism causing too much copper in the blood and tissues. ...Read more

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Why is cushing's disease or syndrome fatal?

Why is cushing's disease or syndrome fatal?

Excess cortisol: Cushing's disease is excessive cortisol in the body from a pituitary tumor that leads to its secretion.Cushing's syndrome refers to the stigmata with excessive cortisol.This can be from the pituitary or administered by drs. Symptoms include hypertension, obesity, heart problems, sensitivity to infection. Cushing's disease/syndrome can be treated so it is not necessarily fatal, but it can be. ...Read more

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Is addison's disease contagious?

Is addison's disease contagious?

No: It is not an infection caused by a bacteria, virus, fungus. It is a metabolic disease due to unique chemical and genetic issues in the individual person. Not transmissable or contagious. ...Read more

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What is addison's disease?

What is addison's disease?

Adrneal failure: Rare but very serious, and often missed for a long time especially if the person is considered to suffer emotional illness. The adrenal cortex fails to make the cortisol that one needs to stay perky; nausea and weight loss are only the beginning. President kennedy suffered from it. Patients need to carry a medical alert and a cortisol needle. ...Read more

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What is primary adrenal insufficiency (addisons disease)?

What is primary adrenal insufficiency (addisons disease)?

Adrenal cortex: The adrenal cortex makes lots of hormones. Very important are cortisol and aldosterone which help maintain life and salt balance. Addison's disease is caused by adrenal cortex damage rendering it unable to make these hormones anymore, mostly autoimmune cause in us. Patients often have a bronzed look. Hydrocortisone replacement is a lifesaving necessity. Fludrocortisone may also become necessary. ...Read more

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What is Cushing syndrome?

Cushing syndrome: read this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cushing%27s_syndrome

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In what way is cushings disease diagnosed?

Overnight: Do an overnight Dexamethasone suppression test: draw serum cortisol in the morning. Then take 1 mg of Dexamethasone at bedtime and repeat the serum cortisol the next morning. Failure to suppress is indicative of cushing's disease. ...Read more

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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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Why's addison's disease so rare?

Why's addison's disease so rare?

Life threatening: We're lucky it is uncommon, because untreated addison's disease can be fatal. Most addison's in developed countries is autoimmune, and sometimes associated with other autoimmune diseases (eg. Hashimoto's, type 1 diabetes, etc). ...Read more

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What sort of disease is churg-strauss syndrome?

What sort of disease is churg-strauss syndrome?

Involves many organs: Churg-strauss syndrome is an autoimmune disorder that affects small blood vessels and (by definition) includes asthma that is often difficult to control. It commonly affects the vessels of the skin, kidneys, and nervous system among others. It is treated with steroids and usually a drug called cyclophosphamide. ...Read more

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Is addison's disease painful?

Not physically: Addison's is often diagnosed late, after months or years of simply not feeling well. Physical pain is likely to be late from muscle cramps from sodium wasting. But having no energy, swinging moods, nausea, weight loss, and being told you have mental health issues hurts in its own way. ...Read more

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What sort of disorder is cushing disease?

Cushing's disease: Cushing's disease is a condition where the pituitary (tumor) is producing too much acth (adrenalcorticotropic hormone). This hormone stimulates your adrenal glands to produce extra cortisol (stress hormone) which in excess can cause a lot of metabolic problems. ...Read more