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When I was little, my parents said I had cushing disease. I don't know many others who have had it. What is it?

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Dr. Melissa Young
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
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In brief: Excess cortisol

Cushing's disease is very uncommon.
It is a pituitary tumor that makes a hormone (acth) that stimulates the adrenal gland to make excess cortisol. The treatment is pituitary surgery, sometimes followed by radiation and/or meds. Cushing's syndrome is excess cortisol from any cause - steroid use, adrenal mass or cushings disease. Symptoms are same-obesity, thin fragile skin, easy bruising, etc.

In brief: Excess cortisol

Cushing's disease is very uncommon.
It is a pituitary tumor that makes a hormone (acth) that stimulates the adrenal gland to make excess cortisol. The treatment is pituitary surgery, sometimes followed by radiation and/or meds. Cushing's syndrome is excess cortisol from any cause - steroid use, adrenal mass or cushings disease. Symptoms are same-obesity, thin fragile skin, easy bruising, etc.
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