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Cushing's syndrome


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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Symptoms

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What are the signs and symptoms of Cushing's syndrome?

The symptoms of Cushing's syndrome may include upper body obesity, severe fatigue and muscle weakness, high blood pressure, backache, elevated blood sugar, easy bruising, and bluish-red stretch marks on the skin of the abdomen, thighs, buttocks, arms and breasts. Women with Cushing's syndrome may experience an increase in growth of facial and body hair, and menstrual periods may become irregular or cease.[1][2] Men may have decreased fertility, diminished sexual desire, and/or erectile dysfunction.[2] Neurological symptoms may include difficulties with memory and neuromuscular disorders.[1]
Last updated: 2/26/2013

References
  1. NINDS Cushing's Syndrome Information Page. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS). October 26, 2010; http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/cushings/cushings.htm. Accessed 2/26/2013.
  2. Cushing's Syndrome. National Endocrine and Metabolic. April 2012; http://www.endocrine.niddk.nih.gov/pubs/cushings/cushings.aspx. Accessed 2/26/2013.


Other Names for this Disease
  • Adrenal cortex adenoma
  • Adrenal hyperfunction resulting from pituitary acth excess
  • Cushing syndrome
  • Ectopic ACTH syndrome
  • Ectopic adrenocorticotropic hormone syndrome
See Disclaimer regarding information on this site. Some links on this page may take you to organizations outside of the National Institutes of Health.