Cushing Syndrome Essay

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Cushing’s syndrome A healthy life is disturbed by a wide range of conditions, we refer to as diseases. Either chronic, malignt, mortal, genetic or even treatable; a disease is any abnormality in a human’s anatomy or physiology, based on a lexical point of view. According to Cushing’s Syndrome is a chronic disorder in which the adrenal cortex produces excessive amounts of the hormone cortisol. It may also be induced iatrogenically by treatment with exogenous corticosteroids for other medical conditions. Cortisol is secreted by the adrenal glands under regulation by the pituitary gland and hypothalamus. Since the word is well understood, the following paragraphs will discuss the diagnoses, the causes, and the treatments of Cushing’s syndrome. Many factors can contribute to Cushing’s syndrome; such as adrenal gland diseases; whereas the adrenal glands make too many cells and make them grow larger than normal because, also lung cancer may also make ACTH, causing the adrenal gland to make too much cortisol. This condition is also known as ectopic ATCH syndrome. In the pituitary gland tumors, there are small, benign (non cancerous) tumors in the pituitary gland which make too much ACTH, leading to too much cortisol. Cushing syndrome caused by a benign pituitary tumor is called Cushing’s disease. When the appropriate amount of cortisol is released by the adrenal glands, it helps regulate, blood pressure, energy production, the ability to fight the disease, and how the body maintains itself and responds to stress. Cushing’s syndrome is fairly rare. With excess production of glucocorticoids, there are changes in carbohydrate, protein, and fat metabolism. Long-term use of steroids medicine such as prednisone may cause Cushing syndrome. (Newell-Price 1999) Symptoms of cortisol excess are weight gain, an abnormal accumulation of fatty

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