Cushing’s disease and Cushing’s syndrome are often confused with one another, but they’re two different conditions.
Cushing's syndrome, or hypercortisolism, refers to a group of conditions that cause the body to produce too much cortisol. This often occurs because of the use of corticosteroid medication. When an overproduction of cortisol is caused by medication, the resulting condition is known as exogenous Cushing’s syndrome.
Conversely, endogenous Cushing’s syndrome is caused by the body’s overproduction of cortisol, and is not related to taking medication.
Non-medication-related Cushing’s syndrome can be caused by:
Your doctors will talk with you about your symptoms and test your cortisol levels – the most accurate Cushing’s disease test available.
If you are diagnosed with Cushing’s disease, our expert neurosurgeons and neurologists will work with you to find the best treatment option for you.
One option for Cushing’s disease treatment may be the Expanded Endonasal Approach (EEA), a minimally invasive procedure in which the tumor is removed through the nasal passages, resulting in no incisions, a shorter hospital stay and faster recovery.
Our neurologists and neurosurgeons offer Cushing’s disease treatment in:
– and throughout eastern Wisconsin. Find a Cushing’s disease specialist near you.