You Can Get All Up in My Nose For Cushing’s!

Cushing’s disease is caused by the pituitary gland creating too much andrenocorticotropic hormone, or ACTH.

In 80% of diagnosed cases, Cushing’s disease is the result of a benign tumor on the pituitary gland called an adenoma. People with this endocrine disorder usually experience weight gain, hypertension, depression, and easy bruising. Overall, it’s a debilitating condition.

Fortunately, for these patients, surgery is usually successful in treating it. Can you believe it’s done through the nose, via endoscopy?!

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Surgery is a nasty business, my friend. Source:

The surgery is referred to as pseudo-capsule dissection. Surgeons use micro-dissectors to manipulate the tumor away from the pituitary gland. Patients who have undergone the procedure can go on to lead normal lives.

When surgery is unsuccessful, however, patients are given the option of alternative medical therapies that can help control the levels of excess cortisol and ACTH.

If you are struggling with Cushing’s disease, here are a number of resources that may help:

Erica Zahn

Erica Zahn

Erica Zahn is passionate about raising awareness of rare diseases and disorders and helping people connect with the resources that may ease their journey. Erica has been a caregiver, and is a patient, herself, so she completely relates to the rare disease community--on a deeply personal level.

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