Author Archives: Margarida Maia PhD

MicroRNA Signature Linked to Rare Cause of Cushing’s

There are sets of microRNAs that may be used as markers for inherited or newly arising primary macronodular adrenal hyperplasia (PMAH), a rare cause of Cushing’s syndrome, a small study found. According to researchers, these microRNAs — short RNA molecules that help control the activity of certain genes — also…

Fast-progressing Case Highlights Need for Good Management

The case of an elderly woman who may have developed Cushing’s syndrome due to a hormone-producing lump in her lungs highlights the need for a timely and “multidisciplinary approach in [the] diagnosis and management” of hypercortisolism disorders, according to a new report. This patient’s signs and symptoms progressed…

Rare Case of Cushing’s Due to Tumors on Both Adrenal Glands

A 43-year-old woman developed Cushing’s syndrome due to bilateral adrenal adenomas, or a tumor on each of her two adrenal glands, according to a recent case report. “Although Cushing’s syndrome due to bilateral adrenal adenoma is rare, it should be considered in mid-aged females with typical symptoms,” researchers wrote. The…

2-surgeon Bilateral Adrenalectomy May Be Better for Ectopic Cushing’s

A two-surgeon approach to bilateral adrenalectomy — the surgical removal of both adrenal glands — may lead to fewer complications and shorter operating time in patients with ectopic Cushing’s syndrome, compared with other surgical approaches. That finding from a small study, “Adrenalectomy in ectopic Cushing’s syndrome: a retrospective cohort study…

MRI May Not Detect Pituitary Tumors in Young Patients

MRI scans may fail to detect a disease-causing pituitary tumor in up to one third of children and adolescents with Cushing’s disease, a study found. In the study, patients with a negative MRI scan result were less likely to enter in remission after having surgery to remove the pituitary…