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Content updated on Jan 29, 2024

What is cushing's syndrome?

This condition is caused by excessive amounts of a hormone called cortisol. It may be caused by the consumption of some steroid medications or the body producing too much cortisol because of a tumor. It can present with a fatty hump between the shoulders, a rounded face, and pink or purple stretch marks on the skin. Cushing syndrome also can cause high blood pressure bone loss or diabetes.

Symptoms of cushing's syndrome

  • Abdominal striae

  • Taking steroids

  • Impression edema

  • Swelling of the arms or hands

  • Noisy breathing; e.g. wheezing, rattling

  • Difficulty standing up from sitting position

  • Facial swelling

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

Questions your doctor may ask to check for cushing's syndrome

  • Are you currently taking steroids?

  • Are your hands or arms swollen?

  • Is your breathing noisy, like wheezing or rattling?

  • Is it hard for you to get up from a chair by yourself?

  • Is your face swollen?

Treatment for cushing's syndrome

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

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References

  • Cushing Syndrome - Mayo Clinic

    https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/cushing-syndrome/symptoms-causes/syc-20351310#:~:text=Too%20much%20cortisol%20can%20cause,can%20cause%20type%202%20diabetes.

  • Chaudhry HS, Singh G. Cushing Syndrome. [Updated 2023 Jun 26]. In: StatPearls [Internet]. Treasure Island (FL): StatPearls Publishing; 2023 Jan-. Available from: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK470218/

    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK470218/

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Unnati Patel, MD, MSc

Unnati Patel, MD, MSc (Primary Care Physician)

Dr Patel graduated from the Zhejiang University School of Medicine. She worked in clinical research at the University of Illinois in Chicago and University of Nevada in Las Vegas focused on culturally adapted health interventions for preventive medicine in the community setting. Received her Master's of Science in Global Health (concentration in Health Policy) from Georgetown University, during which she worked with the WHO in Sierra Leone and Save the Children in Washington, D.C. Unnati went on to complete her family medicine residency in Chicago, Illinois at Norwegian American Hospital. | | She is currently working as a primary care physician in the city of Chicago and completing her Master's of Business Administration at the Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management and Fellowship in Leadership in Value-Based Care.

Hidetaka Hamasaki, MD

Hidetaka Hamasaki, MD (Endocrinology)

Dr. Hamasaki graduated from the Hiroshima University School of Medicine and the Graduate School of Medicine, Jichi Medical University. He completed his residency at the Department of Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism, National Center for Global Health and Medicine Hospital and the Department of Internal Medicine, Kohnodai Hospital, National Center for Global Health and Medicine. He has served in the National Center for Global Health and Medicine Hospital and Kohnodai Hospital and joined Hamasaki Clinic in April 2017. Dr. Hamasaki specializes in diabetes and treats a wide range of internal medicine and endocrine disorders.

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