Cushing’s Syndrome

Below you will find more information about Cushing’s Syndrome from Medigest. If you believe that you are suffering from any of the symptoms of Cushing’s Syndrome it is important that you obtain an accurate diagnosis from a medical professional to ensure that you obtain the correct medication or treatment for your condition. There are medical conditions that carry similar symptoms associated with Cushing’s Syndrome and therefore the information provided by Medigest is offered as a guideline only and should never be used in preference to seeking professional medical advice. The information relating to Cushing’s Syndrome comes from a third party source and Medigest will not be held liable for any inaccuracies relating to the information shown.

Definition

Cushing's Syndrome is also known by other medical terms such as hyperadrenocorticism and hypercortisolism, which is characterized as an endocrine disorder that is primarily caused by the high levels of cortisol in the patient's blood. There are a number of underlying causes and medical conditions that triggers Cushing's Syndrome such as ectopic adrenocorticotropic hormone, adrenal hyperplasia, and iatrogenic or use of steroid. This disease is also quite common among dogs and horses, often characterized as the deposition of fat in the body.

Diagnosis

Upon suspicion of Cushing's, a dexamethasone suppression or a 24-hour urinary measurement for cortisol level is conducted since both offer equal detection rates. Scintigraphy. CT scan and MRI are also done.

Treatment

Surgery is the primary treatment for Cushing's Syndrome, which is typically done to remove the adrenal adenoma. While this disorder may be caused by steroids, it is important to remember than this medication should not be stopped abruptly.

Symptoms and Signs

Symptoms of Cushing's Syndrome include raid weight gain, obesity, sweating, thinning of the skin, proximal muscle weakness as well as hirsutism. Other signs include fat pads that grow along the patient's collar bones as well as in the nape. High cortisol level would also result to reduced libido and impotence.

Causes

This disorder often arises from other diseases that results to the abnormally highly levels of cortisol in the body that creates a number of health complications. However, majority of the Cushing's Syndrome is caused by the use of steroid medications.

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