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Cushing syndrome happens when you have too many corticosteroids in your body. The disorder starts with the pituitary gland. The gland makes too much adrenocorticotropin hormone (ACTH). That causes the adrenal glands to make too many corticosteroids.
Another main cause is taking steroid medicines like prednisone for a long time. These are sometimes used to treat chronic diseases such as asthma. Other causes include:
You may be more likely to get Cushing syndrome if you:
Each person may have symptoms in a different way. These are the most common signs and symptoms:
These symptoms may look like other health problems. Always see your health care provider for a diagnosis.
Your healthcare provider will ask about your past health. You will also need an exam. These procedures may also help with a diagnosis:
Your healthcare provider will figure out the best treatment for you based on:
Treatment depends on what is causing Cushing syndrome. You may need surgery to remove tumors or the adrenal glands. Other treatments may include:
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