Visual diagnosis: Obese 11-month-old female with round facies

Nancy L. Beck, Alba E. Morales, R. F. Buchmann, R. J. Birusingh

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Cushing syndrome (CS) is a constellation of findings caused by an excess of cortisol. The most common cause of CS is exogenous corticosteroid administration. Cushing disease is hypercortisolemia specifically due to excess corticotropin production by the pituitary gland. Cessation of linear growth is nearly always present in CS, whereas children who have other causes of obesity usually have normal or advanced progression of height. Diagnostic approaches include determination of likely causes by patient age and determining whether the disorder is corticotropin-dependent. Prognosis and treatment are dependent on the cause of CS.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)185-191
Number of pages7
JournalPediatrics in Review
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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