Cushing Syndrome

Cushing syndrome occurs when your body is exposed to high levels of cortisol for a long time. Cushing syndrome, sometimes called hypercortisolism, may be caused by the use of oral corticosteroid medication. The condition can also occur when your body makes too much cortisol on its own.

The only way to prevent Cushing's syndrome caused by corticosteroid medication is to avoid taking this type of medication, if possible.
  • Symptoms
  • Overweight or obese

    or Recent unexplained weight gain

    common

    Skin rash and redness

    • At face

    common

    Face swelling

    common

    High blood pressure

    common

    Irregular periods

    common

    High blood sugar

    common

    Excessive growth of dark or coarse hair

    common

    Feeling moody

    common

    Decreased sexual desire

    common

    Unexplained skin injury

    common

    Red lesions filled with pus

    • At back

    • At upper extremity

    • At face

    • Chest

    common

    Falling sick easily

  • Risk factors
  • Use of steroids

    Pituitary adenoma

  • Treatment
  • Cushing's syndrome usually gets better with treatment, although it might take a long time to recover completely. Treatment depends on what's causing it. Speak to your doctor about the benefits and risks of the different treatment options. -If it's caused by taking steroids: your steroid dose will be gradually reduced or stopped -If it's caused by a tumour, treatment may include: 1-Surgery to remove the tumour. 2-Radiotherapy to destroy the tumour. 3-Medicines to reduce the effect of cortisol on your body.
  • Recommended specialist
  • If you have Cushing Syndrome, then a visit to an endocrinologist is highly recommended.

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