|Cushing's syndrome||medical dictionary|
<endocrinology> An increased concentration of glucocorticoid hormone (ACTH) in the bloodstream that is being produced by an adrenal gland tumour (adenoma). Ectopic Cushing syndrome refers to the production of ACTH in a location other than the pituitary gland or adrenal gland.
Clinical signs: retarded bone maturation, osteoporosis (most often axial), excess callus formation, stippled calvarium, demineralised dorsum sellae, CT: normal-sized adrenals in 1/3 of adrenal hyperplasia.
(11 Feb 2009)
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