Learn about Cushing's Syndrome Video

Dr. Anhalt talks about Cushing's syndrome (also known as hyperadrenocorticism )
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Speaker: Sometimes we’re concerned about the body making extra steroids and a trose called cushingoid or Cushing’s disease. What is that? Speaker: Dr. Carper many times people come to me and are concerned that their child maybe gaining weight because they may have a condition where the body is producing too much cortisol. Cortisol is produced in a triangular shape gland called the adrenal gland and it’s important and it’s life saving mechanism of preventing stress from affecting to body. This cortisol is produced in very, very discrete amounts by the adrenal gland under a very sophisticated method of control. It is exceedingly rare to have a condition where the body makes as excess cortisol and one of the easiest way is that primary care doctor can make sure that, that is not happening is to ensure that the child’s growth is normal. So the child will be growing abnormally that means not growing tall enough, and certainly that could be a condition where excess cortisol is made. However, rarely there is a condition where excess cortisols being made and a child would seem to be gaining weight out of the portion to what they should be and at the same time, not growing well. In this situation, it’s often times found a tumor in the adrenal gland or tumor in the brain causing the adrenal gland to make too much cortisol and this is best treated through a surgical approach with consultation with a neurosurgeon.

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