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Cushing Syndrome Introduction

cushing syndromeCushings Syndrome (CS) is a hormonal disorder caused by high levels of the hormone cortisol. The most common cause of Cushings Syndrome is excess steroid medications. Otherwise, Cushings Syndrome is caused by growths (tumors) in the body.

What are the Signs and Symptoms?

  • Change in fat distribution, with more fat in the upper body, such as a rounded face, increased fat around the neck, a large abdomen, and thinning arms and legs
  • The skin becomes fragile and thin, with easy bruising and poor healing. Purplish pink stretch marks called striae may appear
  • Women may have excessive hair growth
  • Bones are weakened due to osteoporosis, resulting in risk of fracture 
  • Changes in mood, including fatigue, irritability, anxiety and depression
  • Hypertension and diabetes
  • Changes in the menstrual cycle in women.  Men may describe diminished sexual libido and performance.

How is Cushings Syndrome Diagnosed?

The Cushing's group within The MAGIC Foundation is made up of affected adults. If you want to talk/communicate about Cushing Syndrome:

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