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What is Cushing’s Syndrome ?

When the tissues of the body are subjected to extreme levels of the hormone cortisol over a prolonged period of time, then it results in a hormonal disorder called Cushing’s syndrome. It is a rare disorder and usually affects adults aged between 21and 50.

Cushing’s syndrome Symptoms

Pervasive obesity and changes of skin are common symptoms of Cushing’s syndrome. The symptoms are as follows:

  • The thighs, abdomen, arms and breasts have purple or pink stretch marks on the skin.
  • Increased instances of acne.
  • Increased fragility and thinning of the skin that increases the risk to easy bruising.
  • Increase in weight in the upper back, between the shoulders, in the midsection area and in the face.
  • Slow healing of Cuts, infections, wounds and insect bites may take a long time to heal.
  • Women may have unstable or no menstrual periods. Also, body and facial hair is thicker and more visible.
  • Men may have erectile issues, decreased sex drive or libido and reduced fertility.

There are other common symptoms which may also point to Cushing’s syndrome, such as:

  • Headaches
  • Tiredness or fatigue
  • Depression, irritability and anxiety
  • Weakness in the muscles.
  • New case of blood pressure or its worsening state.
  • Emotional instability
  • Intolerance to glucose that may result in diabetes
  • Loss of bone or skeletal structure increasing the instances of fracture.
  • Cognitive deficiencies.

Cushing’s Syndrome Pictures

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Cushing's Syndrome face

Picture 2 : Difference between Normal face and Cushing Syndrome face

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Picture 4 : Moon shaped face in Cushing Syndrome Pictures

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Cushing's Syndrome mass

Picture 6 : C T Scan of Abdomen, arrow shows Left adrenal adrenal mass.

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Cushing’s Syndrome Causes

Some of the causes of Cushing’s syndrome are listed below:

  • Intake of corticosteroid medications like prednisone over a prolonged period of time may lead to Cushing’s syndrome.
  • Overproduction of cortisol or the adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) that regulates cortisol production may cause Cushing’s syndrome.

Cushing’s syndrome may also be related to the following conditions:

  • Excess production of ACTH and subsequent increase in the secretion of cortisol may be caused due to the presence of non-cancerous tumor in the pituitary gland.
  • An ectopic ACTH-secreting tumor in the thyroid or the lungs may make these organs that normally do not secrete ACTH, to start its production thereby causing Cushing’s syndrome.
  • Tumors in the adrenal glands will cause excess secretion of cortisol resulting in Cushing’s syndrome. In rare cases, tumors of the adrenal glands may run in families, thereby giving a genetic basis to Cushing’s syndrome.

Cushing’s syndrome Treatment

Treatment for Cushing’s syndrome involves stabilizing the production of cortisol. Some of the methods are as follows:

  • Usage of corticosteroid medications is reduced.
  • Tumors are removed by surgery or radiation therapy.
  • Medications like ketoconazole etc may be prescribed for reduction in cortisol levels.

Support Groups for Cushing’s Syndrome

  • Cushing’s Support and Research Foundation, Inc.- www.CSRF.net
  • Pituitary Network Association – www.pituitary.org

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