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 caused by long-term exposure of the body's tissues to cortisol, a hormone that is naturally produced by the adrenal gland. Exposure to too much cortisol can result from long-term use of corticosteriod medications used to treat inflammatory illnesses. Pituitary adenomas (benign tumors of the pituitary gland) or tumors of the adrenal gland may also cause cortisol imbalances.
Last updated: 11/30/2014
- NINDS Cushing's Syndrome Information Page. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. July 2013; http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/cushings/cushings.htm.