What is Cushing Syndrome?

Cushing syndrome is a rare disorder in which the adrenal glands (small glands on top of the kidneys) make too much of a hormone called cortisol.

In normal amounts, cortisol (sometimes called the stress hormone) helps the body respond appropriately to stress. Cortisol also helps maintain blood sugar levels and blood pressure. In children, too much cortisol can cause poor growth in height in combination with marked weight gain. It can also interfere with metabolism and cause high blood sugar levels.

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