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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
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
Can my heterozygotes status of congenital adrenal hyperplasia (21-Hydrolaxe deficiency, salt-wasting) explain hirsurtism & symptoms like polydipsia?
Maybe: Hydroxylase deficiency is actually a continuum, and there are many alleles. A workup is probably not worthwhile. Manage unwanted body hair with electrolysis or lasers -- you're doing yourself a favor. If your urinalysis (chemical, sediment), renal functions (BUN, creatinine) and concentrating ability (SG >1.020) while thirsty) are normal, I would not recommend further studies. ...Read more
Can my carrier status of congenital adrenal hyperplasia (21-Hydrolaxe deficiency, salt-wasting) explain my high basal cortisol?
No: Spot "basal cortisol" levels mean nothing except in context. They help rule some things in and some things out. The highest basal cortisol levels have been found in soldiers in the battlefield and medical students in exams. Ignore all "pop" sites relating to pituitary / adrenal disease and remember that reference ranges are set so that many healthies fall outside on either end. ...Read more
Virilization: In the classic form newborn girls will often have ambiguous looking genitalia because of intrauterine exposure to their own overproduction of androgens. Can't really see it in a newborn boy. In non-classical early pubic hair in both sexes can be presenting feature. As kids grow older other things may warrant checking like recalcitrant acne (both sexes) or irregular periods/hirsutism in girls. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
See a medical doctor: These terms are not true medical conditions, they are marketing terms used by 'alternative' medical practitioners, usually to convince you to purchase unnecessary medical tests and treatments which do little for you. Adrenal insufficiency is the correct medical term for underactive adrenals, and specific testing should be arranged by your doctor if that diagnosis is being considered. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Mri said adenoma now lymphocytic hypophysit due to hyperplasia? Have hypothyroidism, adrenal insuffic, abnormal fsh, thyroid nodls. What real diagnosi
Not necessarily : If you are a post menopausal female your adrenal glands are providing your only source of estrogen. So if you have low adrenal function you could most certainly have low estrogen. However, you may also then have other low hormone levels like Progesterone and testosterone. The truth is most women do not suffer from low estrogen, you need very little but they frequently suffer from low progesterone. ...Read more
Cortisone: For practical purposes, the term describes a problem with the regulation of cortisone production. Cortisone is produced in the adrenal glands. This production is closely regulated by the thalamus and pituitary gland. A tumor in the pituitary region may disturb the production of cortisone or trigger increased production. ...Read more
Will rib fractures secondary to cushings disease heal after the cushings is cured (pituitary tumor surgery)?
Not significantly: The adrenal glands produce hormones which are precursors to estrogen, but that only comprises a small amount relative to what the ovaries make. Ovaries are the source of most estrogen in females. If menstrual cycles are irregular in properly treated addison's disease, autoimmune disease of the ovaries may need to be considered also. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer