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Cushing Syndrome

Information about Cushing Syndrome

We Have to Know about the Cushing Syndrome

  • A condition that occurs when your body is exposed to high levels of the hormone cortisol for a prolonged period of time

Could be dangerous, if the answer is YES for any one of the following questions

  • Sudden weight gain, any hump like projections?

Causes of Cushing Syndrome

  • Adrenal glands make too much cortisol
  • Taking high doses of corticosteroids for a prolonged period
  • A pituitary gland tumor
  • A tumor in lung, pancreas, thyroid or thymus gland
  • Adrenal adenoma

Do’s and Don’ts of Cushing Syndrome

  •  Reduction in weight

Signs & Symptoms of Cushing Syndrome

  • Weight gain, particularly around the midsection and upper back
  • Fatigue and muscle weakness
  • Rounding of the face (moon face)
  • Facial flushing
  • Fatty pad or hump between shoulders (buffalo hump)
  • Pink or purple stretch marks (striae) on the skin of abdomen, thighs, breasts, and arms
  • Thin and fragile skin that bruises easily
  • Slow healing of cuts, insect bites and infections
  • Depression, anxiety, and irritability
  • Thicker or more visible body and facial hair (hirsutism)
  • Acne
  • Irregular or absent menstrual periods in females
  • Erectile dysfunction in males

Medical advice for Cushing Syndrome

  • If you’re taking corticosteroid medications to treat a condition such as asthma, arthritis or inflammatory bowel disease and experience signs and symptoms that may indicate Cushing’s syndrome, see your doctor for an evaluation
  • Even if you’re not using these drugs and you have symptoms that suggest the possible presence of Cushing’s syndrome, contact your doctor
  • Left untreated, Cushing’s syndrome can lead to death. However, most often, treatments improve signs and symptoms and normalize cortisol levels

Risk factors of Cushing Syndrome

  • Adrenal hyperplasia
  • Adrenocortical hyperplasia
  • Tumor of lungs

Treatment for Cushing Syndrome

  • Reducing corticosteroid use: Do so only under your doctor’s supervision
  • Medical therapy
  • Surgery
  • Radiation therapy

Self-care for Cushing Syndrome

Investigations for Cushing Syndrome

  • Urine, blood, and saliva tests
  • CT Scan, MRI
Causes of Cushing Syndrome
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