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Is it bad luck or bad genes that made me develop cushing disease?

Is it bad luck or bad genes that made me develop cushing disease?

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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Dr. Michael Kleerekoper
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Cushing Disease (Definition)

Cushing disease is excessive cortisol production due to an acth secreting pituitary adenoma. Acth stimulates the adrenals to produce excessive cortisol, leading to central obesity, lack of growth in children, high blood pressure, hyperglycemia, muscle weakness and skin fragility. It can also ...Read more


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Kids' favorite aunt came to visit. Told me she has cushing disease. What should I tell my children?

Kids' favorite aunt came to visit. Told me she has cushing disease. What should I tell my children?

Rarley hereditary.: Usually due to a small mass in the pituitary gland in the brain that screats high level of special hormone that increase the production of cortisol from the adrenal glands. It cause multiple problems it increase weight , blood glucose , blood pressure causes osteoporosis. It is rarely hereditary and should not worry the kids that they may get it. ...Read more

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What can I use for cushing disease if I don't have a doctor?

What can I use for cushing disease if I don't have a doctor?

Need a doctor: Cushing's disease is treated with surgery or prescription medications. There is no over the counter or natural/herbal way to treat this disease. It's a very difficult diagnosis to make and even with a doctor who specialized in this disease, it will take many tests to come up with a definitive diagnosis. ...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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What sort of disorder is cushing disease?

What sort of disorder is cushing disease?

Cushing's disease: Cushing's disease is a condition where the pituitary (tumor) is producing too much acth (adrenalcorticotropic hormone). This hormone stimulates your adrenal glands to produce extra cortisol (stress hormone) which in excess can cause a lot of metabolic problems. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of cushing disease?

Many symptoms: Symptoms / signs: truncal obesity (mr. Potatohead look), "moon" facies, thinning of skin, easy bruising, "buffalo" hump in upper back, purple stretch marks, hypertension, fatigue, psychiatric sx, insomnia, excess hair growth, muscle weakness and loss. Symptoms are often progressive and should prompt screening. ...Read more

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Difference between cushing disease and syndrome ?

Difference between cushing disease and syndrome ?

Disease vs. syndrome: Hi. Cushing's disease is specifically hypercortisolism due to an ACTH-secreting pituitary adenoma. Cushing's syndrome is simply the clinical manifestations of hypercortisolism, and (once you know it's not pituitary) can be due to adrenal tumors (benign or malignant), exogenous glucocorticoid therapy, or a paraneoplastic syndrome (cancers that secrete ACTH or CRH). ...Read more

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What choices do I have for treating cushing disease?

What choices do I have for treating cushing disease?

Options: Cushing's disease is different than cushing's syndrome. Cushing's disease is caused by a tumor or enlargement (hyperplasia) of the pituitary gland. The best treatment is to take it out through surgery. If the surgery is incomplete, radiation treatment can then be used. Lastly, if these treatments are not successful, the adrenal glands may need to be removed to stop the production of cortisol. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: cushing disease?

What is the definition or description of: cushing disease?

ACTH secreting tumor: Cushing disease is excessive cortisol production due to an acth secreting pituitary adenoma. Acth stimulates the adrenals to produce excessive cortisol, leading to central obesity, lack of growth in children, high blood pressure, hyperglycemia, muscle weakness and skin fragility. It can also cause low bone density. ...Read more

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Gene (Definition)

A hereditary unit consisting of a sequence of dna that occupies a specific location on a chromosome and determines a particular characteristic in an organism. Genes undergo mutation when their ...Read more