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Cushing's syndrome

Cushing's syndrome is a condition caused by having too much of a hormone called cortisol in your body.

Common symptoms of Cushing's syndrome include more body fat on your chest, tummy, neck or shoulders. Your face may also be red and puffy.

Treatment for Cushing's syndrome depends on the cause. It's usually treated by stopping or reducing any steroid medicine you're taking.

Cushing's syndrome is often caused by taking steroid medicine, especially steroid tablets, for a long time.

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Common symptoms of Cushing's syndrome include more body fat on your chest, tummy, neck or shoulders. Your face may also be red and puffy.

Symptoms of Cushing's syndrome

Symptoms of Cushing's syndrome can start suddenly or gradually. They tend to get slowly worse if not treated.

One of the main signs is weight gain and more body fat, such as:

Other symptoms include:

Cushing's syndrome can also cause high blood pressure, which can be serious if not treated.

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Treatment for Cushing's syndrome depends on the cause. It's usually treated by stopping or reducing any steroid medicine you're taking.

Medical treatments

Cushing's syndrome usually gets better with treatment, although it might take a long time to recover completely.

Treatment depends on what's causing it.

If it's caused by taking steroids:

  • your steroid dose will be gradually reduced or stopped

If it's caused by a tumour, treatment may include:

  • surgery to remove the tumour
  • radiotherapy to destroy the tumour
  • medicines to reduce the effect of cortisol on your body

Speak to your doctor about the benefits and risks of the different treatment options.

Read more on the NHS website.

Cushing's syndrome is often caused by taking steroid medicine, especially steroid tablets, for a long time.

Read more on the NHS website.