- Q Is Cushing's syndrome serious?
Yes, Cushing's syndrome is serious. Some of the symptoms are particularly dangerous like bone loss, high blood pressure, and bruising. Also, someone with Cushing's syndrome is prone to infections. The risk of developing another condition, like diabetes,... Full Answer
- Q How is Cushing's syndrome diagnosed?
Dr. Susie Whitworth, NursingCushing's syndrome is diagnosed by physical examination, medical history, x-rays of the adrenal or pituitary glands, lab tests including: midnight plasma cortisol and late-night salivary cortisol measurements, 24-hour urinary free cortisol level,... Full Answer
- Q What are the symptoms of Cushing's syndrome?
Dr. Susie Whitworth, NursingThe symptoms of Cushing's syndrome are a round face, obesity of the upper body, slender arms and legs and fat around the neck area. The skin heals slowly and bruises easily. The bones become weak and fracture easily. Other symptoms that my be... Full Answer
- Q How does Cushing's syndrome affect the body?
Cushing's syndrome adversely affects the body because of the high cortisol levels. All of the symptoms that occur are a result of the excessive cortisol. If it is a tumor that causes the condition, then the tumor itself is usually not causing any of the... Full Answer
- Q What is the best course of treatment for Cushing's syndrome?
Dr. Jack Merendino, Endocrinology, Diabetes & MetabolismIn most cases, the best treatment for Cushing's syndrome is surgery. (The most common cause of Cushing's syndrome is taking medication like prednisone at high dose and for a long period, but we're not talking about that here.) Of the... Full Answer