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- Feb 11 2017
When your body is exposed to high levels of the hormone cortisol for a long time, Cushing syndrome occurs. Hypercortisolism sometimes called Cushing syndrome, may be caused by the use of oral corticosteroid medication. The disorder can also occur when your body makes excessive cortisol on its own.
Excessive cortisol can produce some of the characteristic signs of Cushing syndrome
A rounded face
Your skin may show purple or pink or stretch marks
A bulge of fat between your shoulders
Cushing syndrome can also lead to bone loss, high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes
Common signs and symptoms include on-going obesity and changes in the skin
Depending on the levels of excess cortisol the symptoms and signs of Cushing syndrome can vary
Men with Cushing syndrome may encounter:
Other signs and symptoms include:
Loss of emotional control
Depression, anxiety and irritability
High blood pressure
Bone loss, leading to fractures over time
In children, impaired growth
The diagnosis is made based on unusual cortisol levels in the body. A physical examination will be performed by the doctor to review your symptoms and medical history.
Treatments for Cushing syndrome can bring back your body's cortisol production to normal and noticeably improve your symptoms. The earlier treatment begins, the better your chances for recovery.
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