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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
Cushing's disease: 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. Thats the full story! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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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