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CUSHING DISEASE: hypercortisolism secondary to ACTH-producing pitiutary adenoma. CUSHING SYNDROME: hypercortisolism from any cause (e.g. pituitary adenoma, adrenal adenoma, ectopic ACTH, exogenous glucocorticoids)

Comment: Typical presentation is hypertension, central obesity, muscle weakness, psychiatric symptoms, hirsutism. Diagnosis is via 24H urine free cortisol or two 11pm salivary cortisol levels. If elevated, give 1 mg of dexamethasone at bedtime and measure AM cortisol.



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