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Cushing-like symptoms

Cushing-like symptoms: Introduction

Cushing's syndrome is a rare disorder that results from abnormally high levels of the hormone cortisol in the blood. Cortisol is secreted by the adrenal glands and is involved in the stress and anxiety response, in metabolism, and in regulating blood pressure, among other functions. It is commonly known as the "stress hormone".

High levels of cortisol can impair the body's hormonal systems and result in a variety of effects, including weight gain and fatigue, and serious complications, such as osteoporosis, diabetes, and hypertension.

Cushing's syndrome, also called hypercortisolism, is most common in young to middle-aged women. It can develop due to factors from inside or outside the body. Most commonly, it is caused by long-term use of synthetic corticosteroid hormone drugs that are used to treat inflammatory diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis. More rarely, Cushing's syndrome can also be caused by processes inside the body, such as when the adrenal glands produce too much corticosteroid hormones due to an adrenal tumor. A pituitary tumor in the brain can also be an underlying cause of Cushing's syndrome.

The symptoms of Cushing's syndrome can vary between individuals and often develop slowly. Symptoms frequently include a moon-faced appearance and upper body obesity. Complications of untreated Cushing's syndrome can be serious and include symptoms such as hyperglycemia and hypertension. For more details on symptoms, refer to symptoms of Cushing's syndrome.

Making a diagnosis of Cushing's syndrome begins with taking a thorough medical history, including symptoms and medications, and completing a physical examination. Diagnosis is usually based on this evaluation and the results of blood and urine tests that measure cortisol levels. A special 24-hour urine sample may be tested to determine the functioning of the pituitary gland if a pituitary tumor is suspected as a cause of Cushing's syndrome. Further testing may include imaging tests, such as CT scan or MRI of the brain, to look for a pituitary tumor.

Other tests may be performed to check for potential complications of untreated Cushing's syndrome, such as diabetes and osteoporosis. These can include various blood glucose and diabetes tests and bone density testing.

It is possible that a diagnosis of Cushing's syndrome can be missed or delayed because the symptoms generally progress gradually. Early symptoms may be assumed to be associated with other conditions, such as aging or stress. For more information on misdiagnosis, refer to misdiagnosis of Cushing's syndrome.

Cushing's syndrome can usually be effectively treated. Treatment varies depending on the cause and may include adjusting medications, surgery, radiation therapy, and other medications. For more information on treatment, refer to treatment of Cushing's syndrome....more »

Cushing-like symptoms: Misdiagnosis

A diagnosis of Cushing's syndrome may be delayed or missed because some symptoms, such as fatigue, weight gain, memory problems, and emotional changes can be ambiguous and/or mild. These symptoms can be easily attributed to other conditions, such as aging, lack of exercise, and perimenopause. If you experience these symptoms or are taking ...more misdiagnosis »

Causes of Types of Cushing-like symptoms:

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Cushing-like symptoms: Symptom Checker

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Cushing-like symptoms Treatments

Treatment of Cushing's syndrome varies depending on the cause. Many cases are caused by long-term use of corticosteroid hormone medications for treating inflammatory conditions, such as asthma and rheumatoid arthritis. In these cases, a physician may adjust the dosage of the medication and/or prescribe a different drug. It can be dangerous to suddenly stop taking certain medications, ...Cushing-like symptoms Treatments

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Diagnostic tests for Cushing-like symptoms:

Various tests are used in the diagnosis of Cushing-like symptoms. Some of these are listed below :

  • Physical examination
    • Examine for signs of Cushing's syndrome - e.g. thin skin, bruising, high blood pressure, stretch marks, proximal muscle weakness, acne, pigmentation, excess hair on face, frontal balding in males, moon face, buffalo hump, truncal obesity, fluid retention.
  • Blood tests
    • Electrolytes - looking for low potassium in Cushing's syndrome due to adrenal tumors.
    • Blood sugar - Impaired glucose tolerance or diabetes are common with Cushing's syndrome.
    • Long Dexamethasone suppression test - diagnoses Cushing's syndrome and can differentiate pituitary from adrenal cause of Cushing's syndrome.
  • Urine tests
  • more tests...»

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Medications or substances causing Cushing-like symptoms:

The following drugs, medications, substances or toxins are some of the possible causes of Cushing-like symptoms as a symptom. Always advise your doctor of any medications or treatments you are using, including prescription, over-the-counter, supplements, herbal or alternative treatments.

Drug interactions causing Cushing-like symptoms:

When combined, certain drugs, medications, substances or toxins may react causing Cushing-like symptoms as a symptom. Always advise your doctor of any medications or treatments you are using, including prescription, over-the-counter, supplements, herbal or alternative treatments.

  • Fluticasone and Ritonavir interaction
  • Advair and Ritonavir interaction
  • Advair Diskus and Ritonavir interaction
  • Cutivate and Ritonavir interaction
  • Flonase and Ritonavir interaction
  • Flovent and Ritonavir interaction
  • more interactions...»

Cushing-like symptoms: Comorbid Symptoms

Some of the comorbid or associated medical symptoms for Cushing-like symptoms may include these symptoms:

Causes of General Symptom Types

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Causes of Similar Symptoms to Cushing-like symptoms

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Assessment Questionnaire: Questions your doctor may ask (and why!)

During a consultation, your doctor will use various techniques to assess the symptom: Cushing-like symptoms. These will include a physical examination and possibly diagnostic tests. (Note: A physical exam is always done, diagnostic tests may or may not be performed depending on the suspected condition) Your doctor will ask several questions when assessing your condition. It is important to openly share any pertinent information to help your doctor make an accurate diagnosis.

It is also very important to bring an up-to-date list of all of your all medical conditions, medications including dosages, and names of numbers of any specialist you see.

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Misdiagnosis and Cushing-like symptoms

Cushing's disease can be mistaken for depression: Cushing's disease (or similarly Cushing's syndrome) is a possible misdiagnosis for a more »

Leg cramps at night a classic sign: The symptom of having leg muscle cramps, particularly at night, is a classic sign of undiagnosed more »

Pituitary conditions often undiagnosed cause of symptoms: There are a variety of symptoms that can be caused by a pituitary disorder (see symptoms of pituitary disorders). For example, fatigue, headache, weight gain, diabetes-like symptoms, and more »

Causes of Cushing-like symptoms listed in Disease Database:

Other medical conditions listed in the Disease Database as possible causes of Cushing-like symptoms as a symptom include:

Article Excerpts about Cushing-like symptoms

Cushing's syndrome is a hormonal disorder caused by prolonged exposure of the body's tissues to high levels of the hormone cortisol. Sometimes called "hypercortisolism," it is relatively rare and most commonly affects adults aged 20 to 50. An estimated 10 to 15 of every million people are affected each year. (Source: excerpt from Cushing's Syndrome: NIDDK)

Cushing's syndrome, also called hypercortisolism, is a rare endocrine disorder characterized by a variety of symptoms and physical abnormalities. (Source: excerpt from NINDS Cushing's Syndrome Information Page: NINDS)

Definitions of Cushing-like symptoms:

A condition caused by prolonged exposure to excess levels of cortisol (HYDROCORTISONE) or other GLUCOCORTICOIDS from endogenous or exogenous sources. It is characterized by upper body OBESITY; OSTEOPOROSIS; HYPERTENSION; DIABETES MELLITUS; HIRSUTISM; AMENORRHEA; and excess body fluid. Endogenous Cushing syndrome or spontaneous hypercortisolism is divided into two groups, those due to an excess of ADRENOCORTICOTROPIN and those that are ACTH-independent.
- (Source - Diseases Database)

Organs affected by Cushing-like symptoms:

The list of organs typically affected by Cushing-like symptoms may include, but is not limited to:

Detailed list of causes of Cushing-like symptoms

The list below shows some of the causes of Cushing-like symptoms mentioned in various sources:

How Common are these Causes of Cushing-like symptoms?

This information refers to the general prevalence and incidence of these diseases, not to how likely they are to be the actual cause of Cushing-like symptoms. Of the 28 causes of Cushing-like symptoms that we have listed, we have the following prevalence/incidence information:

  • 0 causes are "very common" diseases
  • 0 causes are "common" diseases
  • 0 causes are "uncommon" diseases
  • 0 causes are "rare" diseases
  • 4 causes are "very rare" diseases
  • 25 causes have no prevalence information.

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Cushing-like symptoms:

The following list of conditions have 'Cushing-like symptoms' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.

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Conditions listing medical complications: Cushing-like symptoms:

The following list of medical conditions have Cushing-like symptoms or similar listed as a medical complication in our database. The distinction between a symptom and complication is not always clear, and conditions mentioning this symptom as a complication may also be relevant. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.



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Doctors and specialists: Who should I consult about Cushing-like symptoms?

Depending on the seriousness of the onset of Cushing-like symptoms, you may want to consult one of the following medical professionals.

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What are the alternative names for Cushing-like symptoms:

Hyperadrenalism, Hypercortisolism
- (Source - Diseases Database)

Classifications of Cushing-like symptoms:

Subtypes of Cushing-like symptoms:

Cushing's disease (2 causes)

Medical Conditions associated with Cushing-like symptoms:

Thyroid symptoms (172 causes), Endocrine symptoms (217 causes), Thyroid problems (154 causes)

Symptoms related to Cushing-like symptoms:

Adrenal symptoms (57 causes), Pituitary symptoms (18 causes), Severe fatigue (5 causes), Weak muscles (4300 causes), High blood pressure (398 causes), High blood glucose, Increased thirst and urination (35 causes), Irritability (783 causes), Anxiety (895 causes), Depression (629 causes), Buffalo hump (11 causes)

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