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Doctor wants to do tests to see if I have cushing syndrome?

Doctor wants to do tests to see if I have cushing syndrome?

OK, do it: 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. Often time, you will need to repeat the tests, or do all of them. It's probably the most difficult diagnosis to make in endocrinology. ...Read more

Dr. Liuska Pesce
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Cushing 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 ...Read more


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Are cushing syndrome tests accurate?

If done correctly.: Diagnosing cushing syndrome (oversupply of cortisol) is tricky. Cortisol levels go up and down normally, depending on the time of day. Therefore, timing of tests for cushing syndrome is important. The actual laboratory test for cortisol, however, is quite accurate. ...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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Do I have cushing syndrome or disease---what is the difference?

Cushing's: 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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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

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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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My lady friend has cushing syndrome. She was too embarassed to tell me any more. Can you explain it to me please?

Is that right??: Please make sure that the diagnosis is correct because this is uncommnon and very serious -- it usually implies some kind of adrenal tumor or cancer that causes overproduction of adrenal hormones ie steroids. ...Read more

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What are different ways to treat cushing syndrome?

See below.: 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 is Cushing syndrome?

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

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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