Cushing's Syndrome Information
A rare hormonal disorder, Cushing's syndrome occurs when the body produces too much of the hormone cortisol for an extended period. Symptoms vary, but can include extreme weight gain, excess hair growth, and high blood pressure. Treatment for the disease may involve surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, or cortisol-inhibiting drugs.
One of the possible causes of Cushing's syndrome is the use of glucocorticoid hormones, such as prednisone, to treat asthma or other conditions. Another potential cause is the overproduction of cortisol in the body due to tumors in the pituitary or adrenal glands.
(For more information, click Cushing's Syndrome. This article examines the role cortisol plays in the body and discusses other common symptoms of Cushing's syndrome, as well as the likely prognosis for most people with this illness.)