What Is Cushing's Disease?
A hormonal disorder, Cushing's disease occurs when a pituitary tumor produces too much of a certain hormone (ACTH), causing the body to produce extra cortisol. Classic symptoms of too much cortisol in the body for too long can include:
- Extreme weight gain, especially around the midsection or upper back
- Purplish-pink stretch marks on the abdomen (stomach), thighs, and breasts.
This condition occurs in women five times more often than in men. There are several treatment options for this disease. The particular choice of treatment(s) for your situation will be based on:
- The symptoms present
- How far the tumor has spread into the brain
- Your age and overall health.
(To learn about what type of treatment is typically used, as well as other symptoms that may occur, click Cushing's Disease.)