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What is the cause of hyperpigmentation? Is it serious?

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Dr. Brad Eilerman
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology

In brief: Can be

Hyperpigmentation can be the result of excess acth production.
The gene that codes of acth also codes for the trigger for pigment formation. Acth is high when the pituitary makes too much (in cushing's disease) or if the adrenal glands fail (in addison's disease).

In brief: Can be

Hyperpigmentation can be the result of excess acth production.
The gene that codes of acth also codes for the trigger for pigment formation. Acth is high when the pituitary makes too much (in cushing's disease) or if the adrenal glands fail (in addison's disease).
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