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Cushing's syndrome is a disorder that happens when you have too much cortisol in your blood. Cortisol is a hormone that helps control blood pressure and metabolism. Cushing's syndrome can lead to serious health problems. But treatment can often help.
Cushing's syndrome can be caused by taking steroid medicines. It can also happen if you have a tumour that causes the adrenal gland to make too much cortisol.
Current as of: November 6, 2018
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & David C. W. Lau, MD, PhD, FRCPC - Endocrinology & Matthew I. Kim, MD - Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
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