Cushing’s syndrome is very rare. It is estimated that the endogenous form of the condition affects between 0.7 and 2.4 people per million per year. It seldom affects children and is approximately three times more prevalent in women than men.
Symptoms of Cushing’s Syndrome
Some of the most common symptoms of Cushing’s Syndrome are as follows:
- Weight gain; generally limited to the chest and abdomen region. In fact, the arms and legs can appear abnormally thin in contrast.
- Red puffy, rounded face.
- ‘Buffalo hump’ – a build-up of fat around the back of the neck and shoulders.
- Stretch marks (> 1cm), particularly across the abdomen, the breasts and the hips.
- Weakness in the arms and legs.
- Excessive hair growth.
- Bruising easily.
- Low libido and fertility problems. Women may experience irregular periods; men are become more susceptible to erectile dysfunction.
- Depression and mood swings.
- High blood pressure.