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Cushing’s Syndrome

Cushing's syndrome, also known as Hypercortisolism, is rare and stems from long-term exposure to an excessive amount of cortisol. Cortisol is a hormone produced by your adrenal gland. Causes can be linked to taking synthetic hormone medicine to treat an inflammatory disease and certain kids of tumors that cause your body to make too much cortisol. 

Symptoms include:

  • Obesity in the upper body
  • Thin arms and legs
  • Extreme fatigue and muscle weakness
  • Elevated blood pressure and blood sugar
  • Easy bruising  

In most cases, Cushing's syndrome can be treated successfully. If the cause is related to taking synthetic hormones, a lower dosage can curtail symptoms. If a tumor is the cause, therapy and/or surgery may be needed.
 

Specialist

Endocrinologist 

Helpful Links

http://www.endocrine.niddk.nih.gov/pubs/cushings/cushings.htm#introduction

http://www.pituitary.org/


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