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Is Cushings Disease 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
Surely the "someone" who diagnosed Cushing's should have known how important is to treat. If that someone didn't you need to do two things:
1: Report that error to a Medical Board.
2: Seek another doctor - preferably an Endocrinologist.
If I have misunderstood your information, my apologies. ...Read more
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. That's the full story! ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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
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
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?
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
A child with Cushing syndrome left affected until 20yo, what will be affected? Still can reverse?
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
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
Adrenal dysfunction: The most common form of cushing syndrome is due to taking glucocorticoid rxs (hormones such as prednisone, hydrocortisone) to treat asthma, arthritis, inflammatory bowel, etc. In the less common endogenous cushing syndrome, the adrenal gland (either one or both) produces too much cortisol hormone. This can be due to an over-acive tumor in the adrenal, or in pituitary gland that controls adrenals. ...Read more
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
If a child growth affected because of Cushing syndrome and without treatment until 20yo, can it still reverse and recover?
I can hardly believe that a doctor has not followed through with a young man with Cushing's and limited growth.
You MUST see an Endocrinologist as soon as possible.
Wish you well. Keep me posted please. ...Read more
FATIGUE EVAL: You need full EXAM AND labs. CBC/CMP/B12/FOLATE /CORTISOL /TFTS/VITD/CRP//SED RATE//IRON STUDIES/LYME TITERS. While work up is under way. Gluten free diet Wholeapproach. Com gutbliss. Com. And high potency vitamins. Rejuvenation-science. Com TSH is elevated in HYPOTHYROIDISM. CORTISOL IS LOW IN ADRENAL DEFICIENCY. ...Read more
Can someone who is hypothyroidism also have Cushing syndrome? Since I have fatty deposits in the face, midsection, and fat back of the neck?
Cushing: Yes. If Cushing syndrome is caused by excess ACTH secretion from the pituitary gland, the pituitary tumor can compress TSH secreting cells nearby, causing hypothyroidism. Generally a pituitary MRI is done, and a dexamethasone suppression test to differentiate between various causes of Cushing's symptoms. See an endocrine specialist. ...Read more
How does Cushing syndrome affect growth of a child? Is it due to the same mechanism like growth hormone deficiency?
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