Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Adrenal cavernous hemangioma with subclinical Cushing’s syndrome: report of a case

Masaharu Oishi, Shugo Ueda, Sachiko Honjo, Hiroyuki Koshiyama, Yoshiaki Yuba and Arimichi Takabayashi


Cavernous hemangioma of the adrenal gland is a rare tumor, which does not usually have endocrinological function. We report to our knowledge, the third documented case of a functioning adrenal hemangioma.

Interestingly, this tumor indicated glucocorticoid hypersecretion, whereas the two previous cases showed mineralocorticoid hypersecretion. The tumor was 5 cm in diameter with typical computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging findings.

Subclinical Cushing’s syndrome was diagnosed preoperatively, as there was insufficient suppression of cortisol by low-dose dexamethasone, a low adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) concentration, and diminished ACTH and cortisol circadian rhythms without the typical clinical manifestation and symptoms of hypercortisolism.

Intraoperative hypotension occurred immediately after tumor removal and following postoperative adrenal insufficiency, which support that the tumor was hyperfunctioning. The postoperative adrenal insufficiency had recovered completely by 12 months after the operation.

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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Have You Learned About Cushing's At a Health Fair?

I cannot imagine this myself, since Cushing's is so hard to diagnose but an article at claims: 

The blood profiles provide a comprehensive look at several physiological systems in the body at a cost that is very reasonable for the patients, all in one panel,” Laboratory Manager Rhonda Outlaw said. “The cost savings would amount to anywhere from $185 to $1,100, depending on the tests done and whether they were drawn at a physician’s office or on an outpatient basis.


“The panel itself will give indication of possible problems with kidney functions, hematological functions, like anemia, platelet function and infection; cardiovascular disease, thyroid functions, diabetes detection, liver functions and electrolyte function, like Cushings Syndrome, potassium regulation and dehydration detection.”

What do you think about this?



Wednesday, May 16, 2012

A New Blogging Challenge

If any other Cushie bloggers are interested in this challenge, let me know and I'll promote your blog on

Attention bloggers! WEGO Health has found another writing challenge in honor of National Women's Health Week, The Fitness & Health Bloggers Conference (the same one that one of our Health Activists will be attending!) is hosting a week long blogger challenge in honor of National Women's Health Week. The theme for National Women's Health Week is "It's Your Time" National Women’s Health Week empowers women to make their health a top priority. It also encourages women to take the following steps to improve their physical and mental health and lower their risks of certain diseases

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Cushing’s Disease and Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension

Gabriel Zada, Amir Tirosh, Ursula B. Kaiser, Edward R. Laws and Whitney W. Woodmansee

Department of Neurosurgery (G.Z., E.R.L.) and Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Hypertension (A.T., U.B.K., W.W.W.), Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts 02115

Address all correspondence and requests for reprints to: Gabriel Zada, M.D., 15 Francis Street, PBB3, Boston, Massachusetts 02115. E-mail:


Case Illustration: A 33-yr-old woman with Cushing’s disease underwent successful surgical resection of a pituitary adenoma and developed IIH 11 months later after inadvertent withdrawal of oral glucocorticoids.

Methods: A review of the literature was conducted to identify previous studies pertaining to IIH in association with neuroendocrine disease, focusing on reports related to HPA axis dysfunction.

Results: A number of patients developing IIH due to a relative deficiency in glucocorticoids, after surgical or medical management for Cushing’s disease, withdrawal from glucocorticoid replacement, or as an initial presentation of Addison’s disease, have been reported. Hypotheses regarding the underlying pathophysiology of IIH in this context and, in particular, the role of cortisol and its relationship to other neuroendocrine and inflammatory mediators that may regulate the homeostasis of cerebrospinal fluid production and absorption are reviewed.

Conclusion: In a subset of patients, dysfunction of the HPA axis appears to play a role in the development of IIH. Hormonal control of cerebrospinal fluid production and absorption may be regulated by inflammatory mediators and the enzyme 11ß-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase type 1. Further study of neuroendocrine markers in the serum and cerebrospinal fluid may be an avenue for further research in IIH.

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