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Doctor insights on: Equine Cushings Disease

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Do I have cushing syndrome or disease---what is the difference?

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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What is the cause of the hyperpigmentation in people with cushing syndrome and addison's disease?

What is the cause of the hyperpigmentation in people with cushing syndrome and addison's disease?

Pituitary hormone: These people have increased secretion of crh (corticotropin releasing hormone & acth (adrenocorticotropic hormone, also called corticotropin) from the pituitary gland. The cells that secrete acth also secrete melanocyt stimulating hormone (msh). Msh stimulates skin and mucus cells to secrete melanin (dark bronze pigment) which leads to the hyperpigmentation. Thats the full story! ...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

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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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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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What is cushing syndrome and its cure?

Pituitary tumor: A pituitary tumor causes classic cushings syndrome. The tumor releases acth which stimulates the adrenal gland to produce corticosteroid hormones. Cushings syndrome can come about because of steroid hormones being used to treat an underlying condition or rarely from a tumor of the adrenal gland. The cure of the syndrome depends on its cause. ...Read more

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Who is most prone to having cushing syndrome?

Rare disease: Cushing's syndrome is more prevalent in women than in men, but it is a relatively rare disease. The incidence is about 4 cases per million people. An endocrinologist may see a couple new cases per year. ...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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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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Suffering from Cushing syndrome for 3 years. Don't know what caused it. What tests should I go for to find out the cause of Cushing syndrome??

Suffering from Cushing syndrome for 3 years. Don't know what caused it. What tests should I go for to find out the cause of Cushing syndrome??

Cushings: On steroids?Prednisone/adrenal mass causes Cushings syndrome. Causes of Cushings Disease are pituitary adenoma (MRI -not 100%) or increased secretion of corticotropin releasing hormone from hypothalmus , Tests plasma corticotropin , salivary/ blood cortisol, 24urinary free cortisol dexamethasone supression, giving corticotropin releasing hormone, rarely sinus sampling. F/u w/ endocrine ...Read more

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What tips do you have for patients with cushing syndrome?

See endocrinologist: See your endocrinologist. Depending upon the cause, surgery may help. There is new therapy available for pituitary cushing's syndrome. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have the cushing syndrome without having a tumor found anywhere?

Yes: Cushing's syndrome is any cause that lead to high cortisol level in the blood. Taking corticosteroids (prednisone for example) at high doses for an extended amount of time may lead to cushing's syndrome. ...Read more

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A child with Cushing syndrome left affected until 20yo, what will be affected? Still can reverse?

A child with Cushing syndrome left affected until 20yo, what will be affected? Still can reverse?

Depends: on the degree of Cushing, the cause, was due to external steroid intake, the original disease that he had, ultimate height, fusion of long bone ends, some of the effects can be reversed still, you need to work with an endocrinologist, good luck ...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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How cushing syndrome causes back pain?

How cushing syndrome causes back pain?

Weight gain: Can cause it. Also, high cortisol levels will lead over time to bone loss, particularly in the spines of the back, which can lead to back pain. Check w/your doctor. ...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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My mom tried to teach us ways to stay healthy, but I got cushing syndrome. Why is that?

My mom tried to teach us ways to stay healthy, but I got cushing syndrome. Why is that?

Not your fault: Quoting dr. Loh: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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