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Doctor insights on: Equine Cushings Disease

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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'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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Can Lyme disease cause adrenal insufficiency?

Can Lyme disease cause adrenal insufficiency?

Lyme disease: There is much speculation, primarily in the lay press about "adrenal exhaustion" due to lyme disease. This seems to be purely theoretical and not based on any firm scientific evidence. The problem is that there is much we do not understand about lyme disease, and it has been the speculative cause of many unexplained illnesses. Stick to "proven" facts, and adrenal insufficiency is not. ...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 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 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'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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What differs - graves disease or basedow disease ?

What differs - graves disease or basedow disease ?

Medical history: Graves and basedow were 19th century mds who wrote about hyperthyroid goiter. Most people refer to the autoimmune condition (goiter, hyperthyroid, eye findings) as graves disease, but the term "basedow disease" exists. However, there is the jod-basedow phenomenon, which refers to hyperthyroidism from too much iodine intake. This usually occurs in an iodine deficient area (not the us). ...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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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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Is adrenal insufficiency the same as addison's disease?

Is adrenal insufficiency the same as addison's disease?

Not exactly: Addison' s disease is a state of adrenal insufficiency but not vice versa as there are many other causes besides ad ( an autoimmune disease) that can lead to cortisol deficiency state such as tuberculosis of the adrenals, hemorrhage of the adrenals, certain genetic storage syndromes and hypopituitarism. ...Read more

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Is gaucher disease rare?

Is gaucher disease rare?

Uncommon: This genetic problem occurs in about one in 50, 000 to one in 100, 000 people. There are several types. One is more common in certain ethnic groups. ...Read more

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Can hashimoto's disease cause brain demyelinations ?

Can hashimoto's disease cause brain demyelinations ?

No: No, Hashimoto's does not cause brain demyelinations. Hashimoto's is an autoimmune thyroid dysfunction which will eventually cause hypothyroidism. During initial stage of Hashimoto's, thyroid function may remain normal or transiently elevated with self resolution. But in long term, most patient with Hashimoto's will develop hypothyroidism requiring thyroid hormone replacement ...Read more

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Can graves disease be hereditary?

Can graves disease be hereditary?

Heredity and Graves: Graves' disease ruins in some families but can also present spontaneously. In the south, I have noticed is in many African American families. ...Read more

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What is iatrogenic creutzfeldt-jakob disease (cjd)?

What is iatrogenic creutzfeldt-jakob disease (cjd)?

Caused by hospital: Cjd is iatrogenic if the agent which causes the disease, called a prion, is transmitted using contaminated medical instruments or materials. They can contaminate neurosurgical instruments used on the brain of people with the disease. Exposed instruments need very unique sterilization procedures, so rare cases have been reported where the instruments remained contaminated and disease transmitted. ...Read more

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Is crohn disease and inflammatory bowel disease both lifelong diseases?

Is crohn disease and inflammatory bowel disease both lifelong diseases?

Depends: Inflammatory bowel disease includes crohn's and ulcerative colitis. Crohn's has the potential of being a lifelong disease as it can involve any portion of the GI tract from mouth to anus. Ulcerative colitis only involves the colon; thus worse case scenario, removing the entire colon is a cure. See a GI doctor/colorectal surgeon for more details. ...Read more

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Is devic's disease (nmo - neuromyelitis optica) a common disease?

Is devic's disease (nmo - neuromyelitis optica) a common disease?

No: Devic's disease is a rare demyelinating progressive disorder causing blindness and spinal cord problems. ...Read more