Cushing's disease results from prolonged overexposure of tissues to endogenous glucocorticoids, secondary to adrenocorticotrophin excess from the pituitary. Common clinical signs and symptoms include weight gain, hypertension, and osteoporosis. Effective treatment of Cushing's disease can normalize biochemical levels, reverse comorbidities, and improve overall survival and quality of life. Treatment options include pituitary or adrenal surgery, radiotherapy, and various medical therapies, but each has important limitations. Medical therapies that effectively target the pituitary tumour are urgently needed. (C) 2009 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
|Journal||Best practice & research. Clinical endocrinology & metabolism|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Dec 2009|
- Cushing's syndrome
- adrenocorticotrophic hormone (ACTH)
- Cushing's disease