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Content updated on Jun 1, 2022

What is cushing syndrome?

This condition is caused by excessive amounts of a hormone called cortisol. This may be caused consumption of some steroid medications or the body itself may produce too much cortisol.

Symptoms of cushing syndrome

  • Putting on weight, more in the trunk than the limbs

  • Abnormal menstrual cycles e.g. too early or too late

  • Overweight

  • Thinned skin that is easily bruised

  • Skin abnormality

  • Developed coarse body hair like a male, or deepening of voice

  • Difficulty standing up from sitting position

  • Facial swelling

Questions your doctor may ask to check for cushing syndrome

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose cushing syndrome

  • Do you feel your face and body are gaining weight while arms and legs are getting thinner recently?

  • Do you have abnormal menstrual cycles e.g. too early or too late

  • Do you feel you have put on weight across your whole body (not just around the tummy)?

  • Do you bruise more easily or have thinner skin than before?

  • Do you have any skin problems?

Treatment for cushing syndrome

Treatment depends on the cause, but ultimately aims to decrease the levels of cortisol hormone in the body. This may be as simple as stopping the consumption of cortisol-containing herbal medicine. Drugs can also be given to block the effect of cortisol on the body. If the cortisol is being produced by a growth or tumor, surgery or radiation therapy may be needed to remove it.

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