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I've been told that corticosteroids can cause cushing's disease. Is this true?

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Dr. Quang Nguyen
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
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In brief: Not exactly

Corticosteroid can cause cushing's syndrome but not cushing's disease.
Cushing's syndrome is when you have too much steroids in your system which can happen if you take too much corticosteroid. Cushing's disease is caused by a tumor in the pituitary that causes the adrenal to produce too much cortisol (steroid).

In brief: Not exactly

Corticosteroid can cause cushing's syndrome but not cushing's disease.
Cushing's syndrome is when you have too much steroids in your system which can happen if you take too much corticosteroid. Cushing's disease is caused by a tumor in the pituitary that causes the adrenal to produce too much cortisol (steroid).
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Dr. Bennett Werner
Internal Medicine - Cardiology

In brief: Yes

Yes.

In brief: Yes

Yes.
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2 comments
Dr. Quang Nguyen
please keep in mind cushing disease is very different than cushing syndrome. I have never heard of a case where cushing DISEASE is caused by steroids. If you have cushing disease, you most likely are not on steroids to begin with.
Dr. Bennett Werner
I absolutely agree with Dr. Nguyen - I read the question too quickly!
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