Author Archives: Patricia Inacio PhD

2-test Combo Reaches 100% Diagnostic Accuracy

A combination of two easily performed tests reached 100% accuracy for diagnosing Cushing’s disease in people with an initial negative result from an MRI scan, or who had a a small tumor in their brain’s pituitary gland, a study reports. The study, “Indication to dynamic and…

Hormone-producing Intestinal Tumor Causes Rare Cushing’s Case

In a rare case, a hormone-producing intestinal tumor led to the development of ectopic Cushing’s syndrome in a 50-year-old man, according to a recent report. The patient’s high cortisol levels — a hallmark of hypercortisolism — normalized after he underwent surgery to remove both adrenal glands, which are responsible for…

Metyrapone Safely Treats Cushing’s Disease in Pregnant Woman

Cushing’s disease was successfully treated using metyrapone in a pregnant women with no harm to the unborn baby, a case-report found. The report, “Cushing Disease Treated Successfully with Metyrapone During Pregnancy,” was published in the journal AACE Clinical Case Reports. Cushing’s syndrome is characterized by excessive levels of…

Rare Bone Tumor Led to Cushing’s Syndrome in Child

A recent report described the rare case of 9-year old girl who developed Cushing’s syndrome due to a hormone-producing Ewing sarcoma, a rare type of tumor that arises in bones or in its surrounding soft tissues. This case, according to the report’s authors, highlights the diagnostic challenges in identifying and…

Rare Pituitary Carcinoma Managed With Radiation, Chemotherapy

An aggressive tumor in the brain’s pituitary gland, which caused severe Cushing’s disease, was successfully treated with rounds of radiation and chemotherapy with temozolomide, as described in a recent case report. The study, “ACTH secreting pituitary carcinoma: Rare, durable response to concurrent chemotherapy and re-irradiation with a review of…

Post-surgery Use of Enoxaparin Lowered Blood Clot Risk

Treatment with the blood thinner enoxaparin within a few hours after curative pituitary surgery may help reduce the risk of blood clots forming in people with Cushing’s disease, a new study suggests. The study “Venous thromboembolic (VTE) prophylaxis in Cushing disease patients undergoing transsphenoidal surgery” was published in…