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Cushing's syndrome (cortisol-producing adrenal tumor)

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Signs and Symptoms

Cortisol-producing adrenal tumor: Signs and Symptoms of Cushing's Syndrome
Figure 5: Signs and Symptoms of Cushing's Syndrome
Artwork by
Elizabeth Chabot

Signs and symptoms of Cushing's syndromeCushing's syndrome - a disease where too much cortisol is being made include:

Some of the above symptoms are nonspecific and can occur as a result of other conditions, such as obesity or the polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). Overall, Cushing's syndrome is a very rare cause of weight gain. In other words, most weight gain that occurs in the United States is a result of diet and exercise behaviors, and not Cushing's syndrome. Of the above signs and symptoms, the ones that are most specific to (indicative of) Cushing's syndrome are easy bruising, muscle weakness, and ruddy complexion. Patients who have too much cortisolCortisol - a glucocorticoid that controls glucose production and suppresses the immune system but do not have any clear signs or symptoms of hypercortisolism are said to have "subclinical Cushing's."

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