Cushing's syndrome is a disorder that happens when you have too much cortisol in your blood. Cortisol is a hormone that helps control blood pressure and metabolism. Cushing's syndrome can lead to serious health problems. But treatment can often help.
Cushing's syndrome can be caused by taking steroid medicines. It can also happen if you have a tumour that causes the adrenal gland to make too much cortisol.
Medical Review:E. Gregory Thompson MD - Internal Medicine & Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & David C.W. Lau MD, PhD, FRCPC - Endocrinology & Matthew I. Kim MD - Endocrinology