Medical Dictionary: Hypercortisolism
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Hypercortisolism: Another name for Cushing's syndrome.
Hypercortisolism (condition): Rare hormone disorder often caused by adrenal or pituitary tumors.
Hypercortisolism (condition): Cushing's syndrome is a disorder of the adrenal glands leading to excess cortisol secretion. This means that there is too much cortisol hormone in the blood. It can be caused by an adrenal gland failure, or it can result from a pituitary tumor or other tumor that secretes ACTH which in turn stimulates the adrenal glands to over-produce cortisol.
Cushing's syndrome is a hormonal disorder caused
by prolonged exposure of the body's tissues to high levels of the hormone
cortisol. Sometimes called "hypercortisolism,"
it is relatively rare and
most commonly affects adults aged 20 to 50. An estimated 10 to 15 of every
million people are affected each year.
More information on medical condition: Cushing's syndrome:
- Introduction: Cushing's syndrome
- Basic Summary for Cushing's syndrome
- Types of Cushing's syndrome
- Causes of Cushing's syndrome
- Medication Causes of Cushing's syndrome
- Symptoms of Cushing's syndrome
- Complications of Cushing's syndrome
- Diagnostic Tests for Cushing's syndrome
- Misdiagnosis of Cushing's syndrome
- Treatments for Cushing's syndrome
1. excerpt from Cushing's Syndrome: NIDDK
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