Cushing syndrome is too much of a hormone called cortisol in the blood. In normal doses, this hormone helps the body manage stress and infection. High levels over a long period of time can cause health problems.
High levels of this hormone may be caused by:
Long-term use of corticosteroid hormones, such as cortisone or prednisone
Excess production of cortisol from a:
Tumor or abnormality of the adrenal gland
Tumor or abnormality of the pituitary gland. A
person with a
has Cushing disease.
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Cushing's syndrome. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disorders website. Available at: http://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/health-topics/endocrine/cushings-syndrome/Pages/fact-sheet.aspx. Accessed October 22, 2020.
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