Cushing's Syndrome

Cushing's syndrome is a disorder that happens when you have too much cortisol in your blood. Cortisol is a hormone that helps control blood pressure and metabolism. Cushing's syndrome can lead to serious health problems. But treatment can often help.

Cushing's syndrome can be caused by taking steroid medicines. It can also happen if you have a tumor that causes the adrenal gland to make too much cortisol.

Current as of: July 28, 2016

Author: Healthwise Staff

Medical Review: E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & David C.W. Lau, MD, PhD, FRCPC - Endocrinology & Matthew I. Kim, MD - Endocrinology