Cushing’s disease: the burden of illness

The current review provides an overview of the burden of illness of Cushing’s disease, underscoring the need for prompt diagnosis and effective treatment, as well as highlighting the need for better therapies

Rosario Pivonello; Maria Cristina De Martino; Monica De Leo; Chiara Simeoli; Annamaria Colao

2016

Scholarcy highlights

  • Cushing’s syndrome is caused by prolonged exposure to elevated cortisol levels
  • The most common form of endogenous Cushing’s syndrome is Cushing’s disease, which results from an adrenocorticotropic hormone-secreting pituitary tumour
  • It is crucial that the condition is diagnosed as early as possible, and that rapid and effective treatment is initiated in order to limit long-term morbidity and mortality
  • The current review provides an overview of the burden of illness of Cushing’s disease, underscoring the need for prompt diagnosis and effective treatment, as well as highlighting the need for better therapies

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