Cushing Disease

Cushing's Disease is a rare endocrine disorder caused by a benign tumor of the pituitary gland, which leads to overproduction of the adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH). This, in turn, stimulates the adrenal glands to release excessive amounts of cortisol, known as the "stress hormone." 

Unlike Cushing's Syndrome, which includes any cause of excess cortisol, Cushing's Disease specifically refers to pituitary-dependent causes and accounts for a significant percentage of endogenous Cushing's Syndrome cases.

The pituitary gland, often dubbed the "master endocrine gland," orchestrates the hormone balance in the body. A malfunction in this gland can have widespread effects due to the excess cortisol circulating in the body.

Signs and Symptoms

Common symptoms of Cushing Disease Include:
Bruised Skin
Fragile, easily bruised skin
Weight Gain
Rapid weight gain in the face, abdomen and upper back
Moon Face
Round, red face (moon face)
Blood Sugar
High blood sugar level
Blood Pressure
High blood pressure
Weakness in muscle and bones
Weakness in muscles and bones 

Distinguishing Cushing's Disease from Cushing's Syndrome

Cushing's Disease is a subset of Cushing's Syndrome. It specifically arises from a problem within the pituitary gland, whereas Cushing's Syndrome can result from various causes, including medication use or adrenal tumors.

Specialized Treatment for Cushing's Disease

At the Hormonal Health Institute, we're dedicated to the diagnosis and management of Cushing's Disease. Our expert team employs cutting-edge diagnostic tests, such as MRI scans of the pituitary gland and selective blood sampling, to accurately diagnose the condition.

Treatment options may include transsphenoidal surgery to remove the pituitary tumor, radiation therapy, and medications to control cortisol levels.

We understand that each patient's journey is unique, and we tailor our care to ensure the best possible outcome for those affected by Cushing's Disease.
Dr. Linda Khoshaba is the Leading Integrative Health and Hormone Doctor in Scottsdale, Arizona. She has extensive experience working in the field as a Hormone Specialist and Natural Endocrinologist.

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