Author Archives: Vanda Pinto PhD

High Blood Sugar Levels Reduced in Most Cushing’s Procedures

Hyperglycemia, or high concentrations of sugar in the blood, can be brought to normal levels, or considerably reduced, in almost 70% of people with both Cushing’s syndrome and hyperglycemia following curative surgery or radiation therapy, a study has found. The report highlighted the need for close monitoring and adjusting medications…

Xeris’ Recorlev Now Available in US From PANTHERx Rare Pharmacy

Xeris Biopharma’s newly approved therapy Recorlev (levoketoconazole) is now available to patients in the U.S. through the specialty pharmacy PANTHERx Rare, the company announced in a press release. The therapy is prescribed for adults with endogenous Cushing’s syndrome for whom surgery is not possible or not effective. “The commercial…

Rare Chest Tumor Causes Cushing’s Syndrome in Chinese Man

A mediastinal paraganglioma, an extremely rare tumor located between the lungs, was found to be the cause of Cushing’s syndrome in a 40-year-old Chinese policeman, according to a recent case report. Doctors were particularly challenged by this case because the patient also had a pituitary tumor, which could have been…

Imaging Tests Mislead Physicians in Diagnosing Cushing’s Patient

Blood tests should be performed before imaging examinations when Cushing’s syndrome is suspected, to prevent misdiagnosis, a recent case report study suggests. The report described the case of a 24-year-old woman with elevated cortisol levels and a pituitary tumor, in which an imaging test misled doctors into believing she had…

Glucocorticoid Use Tied to Complications in Exogenous Cushing’s Patient

A man with exogenous, or therapy-related, Cushing’s syndrome, caused by long-term glucocorticoid use for Crohn’s disease, developed adrenal insufficiency after going into septic shock, a case study reported. This case highlights the dangers of adrenal insufficiency in patients on long-term glucocorticoid therapy during severe illness, and the need for quick…

Too Many Patients Feel Unprepared for Recovery After Surgery

Many patients with Cushing’s syndrome felt unprepared for the recovery phase following curative surgery, a survey study has found. The recovery time was considerably longer than expected and about 32% of patients denied receiving enough information from their healthcare providers. Survey findings also suggested that increasing communication between physicians and…

Case Report Describes Rare Cushing’s Complication

A recent report describes the case of a woman with adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH)-independent Cushing’s syndrome who remained undiagnosed for two years after developing femoral avascular necrosis — a condition in which the bone tissue around the head of the thighbone dies due to lack of blood supply. Although bone avascular…