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Cushing's disease

Cushing's disease: Introduction

Cushing's disease: A condition of hyperadrenocorticism which is secondary to excessive pituitary secretion of ACTH. Cushing's disease is different to Cushing's syndrome which refers to the effects of glucocorticoid excess from any cause. See detailed information below for a list of 2 causes of Cushing's disease, including diseases and drug side effect causes.

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Definitions of Cushing's disease:

A disease of the PITUITARY GLAND characterized by the excess amount of ADRENOCORTICOTROPIC HORMONE secreted. This leads to hypersecretion of cortisol (HYDROCORTISONE) by the ADRENAL GLANDS resulting in CUSHING SYNDROME.
- (Source - Diseases Database)

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

Detailed list of causes of Cushing's disease

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How Common are these Causes of Cushing's disease?

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's disease. Of the 2 causes of Cushing's disease 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
  • 1 causes are "very rare" diseases
  • 1 causes have no prevalence information.

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Cushing's disease:

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What are the alternative names for Cushing's disease:

ACTH producing pituitary tumour
- (Source - Diseases Database)

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Medical Conditions associated with Cushing's disease:

Cushing-like symptoms (28 causes), Thyroid problems (154 causes), Thyroid symptoms (172 causes), Endocrine symptoms (217 causes)

Symptoms related to Cushing's disease:

Adrenal symptoms (57 causes), Pituitary symptoms (18 causes), Hormonal disorders, Cortisol, Hyperadrenocortism

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