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How does one get cushing syndrome?

How does one get cushing syndrome?

Cushing's syndrome: Cushing's syndrome is any condition that cause the adrenal gland to produce too much cortisol. Some common cause of cushing's syndrome include taking too much steroids (prednisone by any route), the presence of a tumor on the adrenal gland that produces too much cortisol, a tumor on the pituitary gland that produces too much acth causing the adrenal to make too much cortisol... ...Read more

Dr. Liuska Pesce
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Cushing's Syndrome (Definition)

Cushing's syndrome is a medical condition caused by excess amount of cortisol in the body. Cushing's syndrome is usually the result of taking too much corticosteroid medications vs. a condition called Cushing's disease, where the body makes too much cortisol. Symptoms include central weight gain that spares the arms and legs, round moon like face, fat pad on the back of the neck, large purple stretch marks, and darkening of the skin. ...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 are signs of cushing syndrome?

There are many: Many patients have multiple signs & symptoms, including (but not limited to): facial plethora, violet colored striae ("stretch marks"), high blood pressure, glucose intolerance, weight gain, facial roundness, weakness, and "central" obesity (i.e., in the truncal area). Acne, decreased libido, & menstrual irregularities are common. Detailed exam & testing are necessary to rule out related conditio. ...Read more

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Is it possible to be diagnosed with cushing's syndrome but there tests didn't show it the first time or what?

Is it possible to be diagnosed with cushing's syndrome but there tests didn't show it the first time or what?

Difficult diagnosis: Hi. Yes, Cushing's can be one of the more difficult and subtle diagnoses in all of endocrinology because of fluctuations in adrenal function throughout the 24-hour period. I see you're in my town. I probably know who diagnosed you, if it's an endocrinologist! Proceed with the work up. Assuming the diagnosis is correct, you don't want to leave it untreated. Good luck! ...Read more

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How do you test for cushing syndrome?

Lab or urine test: Cushing's syndrome is a condition where your body makes too much cortisol (a hormone). A blood draw or 24 hour urine measurement of cortisol will give you the diagnosis. Another test called dexamathasone suppression test will also give you the diagnosis. ...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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Read in child health magazine about cushing syndrome. I would like to know more. How do I find out?

Many options: Your doctor is a good source for information. Respectable internet sites also a good source. Here is one: http://www.Uptodate.Com/contents/patient-information-cushings-syndrome-beyond-the-basics. ...Read more

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Could changes of face be caused by cushing's syndrome?

Could changes of face be caused by cushing's syndrome?

Yes: There are changes that appear in the face (and throughout the body) as a result of cushing's syndrome. Typically they are described as "moon facies" meaning the face takes a rounded appearance. Discuss your symptoms with your doctor treating your cushing's. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Is there more than one good way to treat cushing syndrome?

A few options: 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, radiation therapy, and medications. Coincidentally, the fda just approved a new drug for cushing's syndrome on 2/17/2012. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for cushing's syndrome?

What is the treatment for cushing's syndrome?

CUSHING's SYSDROME: Treatment depends on the cause. High protein intake. Pituitary tumors are removed surgically. ...Read more