ISSN ONLINE: 2558-815X
ISSN PRINT: 1584-9244
ISSN-L: 1584-9244

Cushing’s disease – Same condition, different scenarios


Cushing’s disease is a rare pathology characterized by excess production of adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) secondary to a pituitary adenoma which stimulates adrenal cortisol secretion. The main consequences are the metabolic and cardiovascular complications, as well as osteoporosis and infection predisposition, which increase mortality in untreated patients. The first case presentation is about a patient with Cushing’s disease, surgically treated and cured, without any need for substitution or signs of pituitary-adrenal axis failure. The second case is a patient diagnosed with Cushing’s disease, with multiple complications, with clinical and hormonal relapse after selective adenomectomy and resistant to medical therapy, who is scheduled for reintervention. The third presentation is about a patient known with osteoporosis, diagnosed with Cushing’s disease based on the clinical appearance with bilateral adrenal adenomas, with left suprarenalectomy and pituitary gamma knife radiotherapy. We aim to introduce a pictorial assay consisting of a series of three cases, different from detection, management and outcome.
Keywords: Cushing’s disease, pituitary adenoma, osteoporosis.

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Corresponding author:
Andra Cocolos
„C.I. Parhon“ National Institute of Endocrinology, Bd. Aviatorilor 34-36, Bucharest, Romania


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