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What is Nelson Syndrome?

What is Nelson Syndrome?

  • Nelson Syndrome: The rapid growth of a pituitary adenoma (tumor) after the surgical removal of both adrenal glands to treat Cushing's disease. The condition is triggered by the resultant loss of the regulatory function of cortisol.
  • Nelson Syndrome: A syndrome characterized by increased skin pigmentation, visual defects secondary to compression of the OPTIC CHIASM, and elevated serum levels of ACTH following adrenalectomy for CUSHING SYNDROME. The cause of this syndrome is expansion of an underlying ACTH-secreting pituitary adenoma. (Joynt, Clinical Neurology, 1992, Ch36, p81)
    Source - Diseases Database

Nelson Syndrome is listed as a "rare disease" by the Office of Rare Diseases (ORD) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This means that Nelson Syndrome, or a subtype of Nelson Syndrome, affects less than 200,000 people in the US population.
Source - National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Nelson Syndrome: Introduction

Types of Nelson Syndrome:

Broader types of Nelson Syndrome:

How serious is Nelson Syndrome?

Complications of Nelson Syndrome: see complications of Nelson Syndrome

What causes Nelson Syndrome?

Causes of Nelson Syndrome: see causes of Nelson Syndrome

What are the symptoms of Nelson Syndrome?

Symptoms of Nelson Syndrome: see symptoms of Nelson Syndrome

Complications of Nelson Syndrome: see complications of Nelson Syndrome

Nelson Syndrome: Testing

Diagnostic testing: see tests for Nelson Syndrome.

Misdiagnosis: see misdiagnosis and Nelson Syndrome.

How is it treated?

Doctors and Medical Specialists for Nelson Syndrome: Neurologist, Endocrinologist ; see also doctors and medical specialists for Nelson Syndrome.
Treatments for Nelson Syndrome: see treatments for Nelson Syndrome
Research for Nelson Syndrome: see research for Nelson Syndrome

Name and Aliases of Nelson Syndrome

Main name of condition: Nelson Syndrome

Other names or spellings for Nelson Syndrome:

Dermal Ridges, Ridges-off-the-end syndrome

Dermal Ridges, Ridges-off-the-end syndrome
Source - Office of Rare Diseases (ORD) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH)


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