Cushing's Syndrome Overview
What is Cushing's syndrome?
A person with Cushing's syndrome has symptoms caused by excess cortisol, a hormone made by the adrenal glands. Cortisol regulates metabolism. The most common cause of Cushing's syndrome is treatment with corticosteroids, such as prednisone, Medrol, dexamethasone, and hydrocortisone. These medications have the same effects as cortisol. A closely related condition is Cushing's disease, caused by adrenal gland tumors and certain types of lung tumors.
What are the symptoms of Cushing's syndrome?
Symptoms of Cushing's syndrome include absent menstrual periods, delayed wound healing, emotional instability, swelling, high blood pressure, hyperglycemia, hirsutism, kidney stones, muscle wasting, muscle weakness, osteoporosis, stretch marks, obesity, and thinning of skin.
How does the doctor treat Cushing's syndrome?
Treatment of Cushing's syndrome may include surgery and medications to control hormone levels.
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