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How is Cushing's syndrome diagnosed?

To diagnose Cushing's syndrome, doctors review the patient's medical records and do a physical exam. If these suggest Cushing's syndrome, more tests are done. A definite diagnosis involves seeing if there is too much cortisol in the body, and

discovering the cause of extra cortisol. A urine test measures how much cortisol is being produced. If the level indicates Cushing's syndrome, the doctor will order other tests to discover the cause. These may include biochemistry tests. The dexamethasone suppression test involves taking a man-made cortisol by mouth for several days during which time cortisol levels in the blood and urine are measured.

The CRH stimulation test involves receiving an injection of the corticotropin-releasing hormone (CRH) followed by a blood test to see if there is a rise in the levels of ACTH and cortisol. Other procedures may include computerized tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans of the pituitary and adrenal glands, chest, and abdomen; ultrasound imaging of the adrenal glands; chest x-rays; and perhaps a radioisotope procedure called an iodocholesterol scan. Samples of the blood leaving the pituitary gland are tested to see if the pituitary is causing the high level of ACTH.

More information on Conn's syndrome

What is Cushing's syndrome? - Conn's syndrome (hypercortisolism) is a condition where the adrenal glands over produce the mineralocorticoid hormone aldosterone.
What causes Cushing's syndrome? - The most common cause of Cushing's syndrome is taking cortisone-like medicines orally (by mouth) every day for weeks to months.
What are symptoms of Cushing's syndrome? - The symptoms of Cushing's syndrome are due to the effect of excess cortisol on the body. Weight gain and obesity are the most common symptoms.
How is Cushing's syndrome diagnosed? - To diagnose Cushing's syndrome, doctors review the patient's medical records and do a physical exam. A definite diagnosis involves seeing if there is too much cortisol in the body.
What're the treatments for Cushing's syndrome? - The treatment for Cushing's syndrome depends mostly on identifying the cause and removing it. Treatments for Cushing's syndrome are designed to lower the high levels of cortisol in your body.
What is Cushing's disease? - Cushing's disease is a disease in which the adrenal glands overproduce certain hormones. Another medical term for this disease is hyperadrenocorticism. 
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Adrenal insufficiency
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Conn's syndrome
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Hypoglycemia
Insulinoma
Rickets
Osteomalacia
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