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Cushing Syndrome

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Synonyms

  • hypercortisolism

Disorder Subdivisions

  • endogenous Cushing syndrome
  • exogenous Cushing syndrome

General Discussion

Summary

Cushing syndrome is a rare endocrine disorder characterized by a variety of symptoms and physical abnormalities that occur due to excessive amounts of the hormone cortisol, a type of glucocorticoid. Glucocorticoids are a class of steroid hormones that are important in the regulation of the metabolism of glucose and also modulate the response to stress. Cushing syndrome most commonly affects adults between the ages of 25 to 40. It can be caused by prolonged exposure to elevated levels of glucocorticoids produced within the body (endogenous) or introduced from outside the body (exogenous). Symptoms can include upper body obesity, a rounded face, thin purple streaks (purple striae) which occur on the skin, increased fat around the neck, and slender arms and legs. Children with Cushing syndrome are typically obese with slowed growth rates.



Introduction

In 1912, Harvey Cushing described a patient with hypercorticism but assumed it to be a polyglandular disorder. The cause was disputed for almost 40 years. Cushing disease, which is pituitary adrenocorticotropin hormone (ACTH) dependent Cushing syndrome, was first described by Dr. Cushing in 1932. Though pituitary surgery was introduced in the early 20th century, it was not until 1933 that neurosurgery was performed on the first patient with Cushing disease.

Resources

National Adrenal Diseases Foundation

505 Northern Bloulevard

Great Neck, NY 11021

USA

Tel: (516)487-4992

Fax: (516)829-5710

Email: nadfmail@nadf.us

Internet: http://www.nadf.us/



Cushing's Support and Research Foundation, Inc.

65 East India Row

#22B

Boston, MA 02110

Tel: (617)723-3674

Fax: (617)723-3674

Email: cushpace@gmail.com

Internet: http://www.csrf.net



NIH/National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive & Kidney Diseases

Office of Communications & Public Liaison

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31 Center Drive, MSC 2560

Bethesda, MD 20892-2560

Tel: (301)496-3583

Email: NDDIC@info.niddk.nih.gov

Internet: http://www2.niddk.nih.gov/



NIH/National Institute of Child Health and Human Development

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MSC2425

Bethesda, MD 20892

Fax: (866)760-5947

Tel: (800)370-2943

TDD: (888)320-6942

Email: NICHDInformationResourceCenter@mail.nih.gov

Internet: http://www.nichd.nih.gov/



Genetic and Rare Diseases (GARD) Information Center

PO Box 8126

Gaithersburg, MD 20898-8126

Tel: (301)251-4925

Fax: (301)251-4911

Tel: (888)205-2311

TDD: (888)205-3223

Internet: http://rarediseases.info.nih.gov/GARD/



Autoimmune Information Network, Inc.

PO Box 4121

Brick, NJ 08723

Fax: (732)543-7285

Email: autoimmunehelp@aol.com



European Society for Immunodeficiencies

1-3 rue de Chantepoulet

Geneva, CH 1211

Switzerland

Tel: 410229080484

Fax: 41229069140

Email: esid@kenes.com

Internet: http://www.esid.org



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Last Updated:  10/16/2012

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