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What is Cushing's syndrome?
Cushing's syndrome happens when the body is exposed to too much of the hormone cortisol.
What are the symptoms of Cushing's syndrome?
Signs and symptoms of Cushing's syndrome include: fast, unexplained weight gain, usually concentrated in the upper body, but thin limbs and buttocks; rounded face (moon face) and a 'buffalo hump' of fat above the shoulders and around the neck; …
What causes Cushing's syndrome?
Cushing's syndrome is caused by the body's tissues being exposed to too much cortisol over time. This can be the result of taking glucocorticoid medication (substances that mimic the actions of cortisol), or of the body producing too much cortisol, often as …
How is Cushing's syndrome diagnosed?
Your doctor will diagnose Cushing's syndrome by taking your family and medical history, noting any medication you are taking, giving you a physical examination, running laboratory tests including urine tests and blood tests, measuring hormone levels …
How is Cushing's syndrome treated?
Treatment depends on its cause. If Cushing's syndrome is a side effect of taking glucocorticoid medication, your doctor may advise adjusting the type or dosage of your medication, or taking additional medication to relieve the symptoms. For tumors that …
Will Cushing's syndrome clear on its own?
Cushing's syndrome is not expected to clear on its own. Treatment is necessary in order to avoid complications.
Can Cushing's syndrome be prevented?
You can prevent the harm caused by Cushing's syndrome mostly by being aware of the symptoms, especially if you are taking glucocorticoid medication. If you have been treated for Cushing's syndrome, know that it may relapse, so follow-up examinations are …
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Author: Dr Idan Ben-Barak PhD, MSc, BSc (Med)
First answered: 13 Jul 2015
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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Category: Cushing's syndrome