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Cushing's syndrome

Other Names for this Disease
  • Adrenal cortex adenoma
  • Adrenal hyperfunction resulting from pituitary acth excess
  • Cushing syndrome
  • Ectopic ACTH syndrome
  • Ectopic adrenocorticotropic hormone syndrome
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Cushing's syndrome is an endocrine disorder caused by prolonged exposure of the body's tissues to high levels of cortisol, a hormone produced by the adrenal gland. Excess cortisol may be the result of long-term use of corticosteroid medications or tumors in the pituitary or adrenal glands. Symptoms of Cushing's syndrome include obesity, fatigue, muscle weakness, high blood pressure, high blood sugar, easy bruising and stretch marks. Treatment depends on the underlying cause, but may include decreasing the dosage of corticosteroids or removing the causative tumor.[1][2]
Last updated: 2/26/2013


  1. NINDS Cushing's Syndrome Information Page. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS). October 26, 2010; Accessed 2/26/2013.
  2. Cushing's Syndrome. National Endocrine and Metabolic. April 2012; Accessed 2/26/2013.
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