What are the Symptoms of Cushing Syndrome?

The most common symptom in children with Cushing syndrome is weight gain without a change in height. This symptom is most common in children who are still growing.

Symptoms may vary among patients with Cushing syndrome. Here are the most common symptoms and signs:

  • Weight gain, particularly around the abdomen (belly area)
  • Slow or no change in height (This is not useful if your child has completed growth.)
  • Round and red appearance of the face (sometimes called "moon face")
  • Fat deposition in the neck and shoulder areas
  • Thin arms and legs
  • Muscle weakness
  • Purple or red stretch marks
  • Skin that bruises easily
  • Hair loss
  • High blood pressure

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