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What happens after a Cushing's syndrome diagnosis?

Once the Cushing's syndrome diagnosis is made, the next step is to determine the cause of the Cushing's syndrome. The blood ACTH (adrenocorticotropic hormone) level will be tested to see if the patient's disease is ACTH-independent (caused by adrenal disease) or ACTH-dependent (caused by a pituitary adenoma or an ectopic ACTH-producing tumor). If the patient has a low ACTH (suppressed), then the adrenal glands are causing the Cushing's syndrome and the patient should have an MRI or CAT scan of the abdomen. If the ACTH level is high, the patient will have additional tests to determine if there is a pituitary adenoma or ectopic tumor.  

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