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Ectopic Cushing Syndrome

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Ectopic Cushing syndrome occurs when a tumor releases ACTH, the hormone that tells the adrenal glands to release cortisol, a stress hormone. When too much cortisol is released, complications can occur such as acne, headaches, impotence, increased urination, mental changes, body shape changes, thirst, weakness and more. Florida Hospital Diabetes Institute provides top care for patients with ectopic Cushing syndrome and other endocrine conditions. Schedule an appointment to see if our cutting-edge treatment options can help you.

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A form of Cushing syndrome, ectopic Cushing syndrome is specifically caused by tumors that release adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH). Usually, the pituitary gland releases this hormone to signal the adrenal gland to release cortisol, a hormone to cope with stress. In ectopic Cushing syndrome, a tumor outside of the pituitary gland or adrenal gland releases ACTH. This causes the adrenal gland to release too much stress hormone.
Symptoms can range from headaches to body shape changes, impotence and acne. Treatments usually include surgery and other treatments may be needed if the tumor is cancerous. 
Florida Hospital provides the highest level of care for patients with ectopic Cushing syndrome. Our endocrine department is one of the best in the country. See how our cutting-edge care can help you. Schedule an appointment today.

What is the prognosis of Ectopic Cushing Syndrome?

Depending on the severity of the patient’s condition, the prognosis of ectopic Cushing syndrome can differ. Generally, surgical removal, if possible, can lead to a full recovery. There is a chance the tumor can return and continue secreting ACTH.
The long-term prognosis for patients with an operable, benign tumor is better than for patients with cancerous tumors. It’s important to speak to your doctor about which of the treatment options are best for your condition.
Learn more about the survivability and prognosis for ectopic Cushing syndrome. 

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