Other Names for this Disease
- Adrenal cortex adenoma
- Adrenal hyperfunction resulting from pituitary acth excess
- Cushing syndrome
- Ectopic ACTH syndrome
- Ectopic adrenocorticotropic hormone syndrome
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Most cases of Cushing's syndrome are not inherited. Rarely, however, Cushing's syndrome results from an inherited tendency to develop tumors of one or more endocrine glands (which release hormones into the bloodstream). Conditions which may be associated with this tendency include:
- Primary pigmented micronodular adrenal disease, in which children or young adults develop small cortisol-producing tumors of the adrenal glands,
- Multiple endocrine neoplasia type 1 (MEN1), in which hormone-secreting tumors of the parathyroid glands, pancreas, and pituitary develop. Cushing's syndrome in MEN1 may be due to pituitary, ectopic, or adrenal tumors.
Last updated: 2/26/2013
- Cushing's Syndrome. National Endocrine and Metabolic. April 2012; http://www.endocrine.niddk.nih.gov/pubs/cushings/cushings.aspx. Accessed 2/26/2013.