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Symptoms of Cushing's syndrome

Symptoms of Cushing's syndrome: Introduction

At the onset of Cushing's syndrome, symptoms can be mild and develop slowly. They can also vary between individuals. A classic symptom is the develoment of a round, moon-shaped face. Symptoms may also include upper body obesity, fatigue, muscle weakness, back pain, easy bruising, thinning of the skin, memory problems, and the development of a pad of fat between the shoulder blades. Symptoms may also include acne, emotional changes, and an increase in body hair.

Complications of untreated Cushing's syndrome can be serious and include diabetes, hypertension, osteoporosis, kidney stones, and frequent infections. They may also include depression, anxiety, male impotence, and infertility.

Symptoms of complications can include high blood pressure, hyperglycemia, flank pain, fever, weak bones, excessive thirst, and fractures....more about Cushing's syndrome »

Symptoms of Cushing's syndrome

The list of signs and symptoms mentioned in various sources for Cushing's syndrome includes the 77 symptoms listed below:

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Wrongly Diagnosed with Cushing's syndrome?

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Cushing's Syndrome: NIDDK (Excerpt)

Symptoms vary, but most people have upper body obesity, rounded face, increased fat around the neck, and thinning arms and legs. Children tend to be obese with slowed growth rates.

Other symptoms appear in the skin, which becomes fragile and thin. It bruises easily and heals poorly. Purplish pink stretch marks may appear on the abdomen, thighs, buttocks, arms and breasts. The bones are weakened, and routine activities such as bending, lifting or rising from a chair may lead to backaches, rib and spinal column fractures.

Most people have severe fatigue, weak muscles, high blood pressure and high blood sugar. Irritability, anxiety and depression are common.

Women usually have excess hair growth on their faces, necks, chests, abdomens, and thighs. Their menstrual periods may become irregular or stop. Men have decreased fertility with diminished or absent desire for sex. (Source: excerpt from Cushing's Syndrome: NIDDK)

NINDS Cushing's Syndrome Information Page: NINDS (Excerpt)

Common features of Cushing's syndrome include upper body obesity, severe fatigue and muscle weakness, high blood pressure, backache, elevated blood sugar, easy bruising, and bluish-red stretch marks on the skin. In women, there may be increased growth of facial and body hair, and menstrual periods may become irregular or stop completely. (Source: excerpt from NINDS Cushing's Syndrome Information Page: NINDS)

Cushing's syndrome as a Cause of Symptoms or Medical Conditions

When considering symptoms of Cushing's syndrome, it is also important to consider Cushing's syndrome as a possible cause of other medical conditions. The Disease Database lists the following medical conditions that Cushing's syndrome may cause:

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The symptom information on this page attempts to provide a list of some possible signs and symptoms of Cushing's syndrome. This signs and symptoms information for Cushing's syndrome has been gathered from various sources, may not be fully accurate, and may not be the full list of Cushing's syndrome signs or Cushing's syndrome symptoms. Furthermore, signs and symptoms of Cushing's syndrome may vary on an individual basis for each patient. Only your doctor can provide adequate diagnosis of any signs or symptoms and whether they are indeed Cushing's syndrome symptoms.

 

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