Author Archives: Vanda Pinto

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…