Other Names for this Disease
- Cushing syndrome
- Nodular primary adrenocortical dysplasia
- Adrenal cortex adenoma
- Adrenal hyperfunction resulting from pituitary acth excess
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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.