Cushing syndrome is a disorder that occurs when your body is exposed to high levels of the hormone cortisol. It may also occur if you take too much cortisol or other steroid hormones.
Causes, incidence, and risk factors
Cushing syndrome may be caused by taking too much
Other people develop Cushing syndrome because their bodies produce too much cortisol, a hormone normally made in the adrenal gland. Causes of too much cortisol are:
Cushing's disease, when the pituitary gland makes too much of the hormone ACTH. ACTH then signals the adrenal glands to produce cortisol. Tumor of the pituitary gland may cause this condition. Tumor of the adrenal gland
- Tumor elsewhere in the body that produces cortisol
- Tumors elsewhere in the body that produce ACTH (such as the pancreas, lung, and thyroid)