Friday, March 20, 2009

How many people are aware that April 8th is National Cushings Awareness Day???


Cushing's syndrome (aka hypercortisolism or hyperadrenocorticism) is an endocrine disorder caused by high levels of the hormone cortisol. It is pretty rare and generally affects adults aged 20 to 50. Approximately 10 to 15 of every million people are affected every year. It was discovered by Harvey Cushing in 1932.

SOME of the symptoms may be:
rapid weight gain, moon face, excess sweating, easy bruising, purple or red striae, hirsutism, "buffalo hump", reduced libido, impotence, amenorrhoea, infertility, psychological disturbances, persistent hypertension, diabetes mellitus

Cushings may be caused by pituitary and/or adrenal adenomas or disease, ectopics ACTH-secreting tumors, treatment with corticosteroids

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