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Clinical consequences of Cushing's syndrome.
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PMID:  22527617     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Recent evidence suggests that correction of hypercortisolism in Cushing's syndrome (CS) may not lead to complete remission of the clinical abnormalities associated with this condition. In particular, elevated cardiovascular risk may persist in "cured" CS patients long-term after eucortisolism has been reached. This is believed to be related with the maintenance of visceral obesity and altered adipokine secretory pattern which perpetuate features of metabolic syndrome, including impaired glucose tolerance, hypertension, dyslipidemia, atherosclerosis and hypercoagulability. Nephrolithiasis and incomplete recovery of bone mineral density have also been described in "cured" CS patients. Moreover, previous exposure to excess cortisol may have irreversible effects on the structures of the central nervous system controlling cognitive function and mood. Thus, sustained deterioration of the cardiovascular system, bone remodelling and cognitive function may be associated with high morbidity and poor quality of life in CS patients in remission for many years. Although mortality in "cured" CS patients may not differ from that in the general population, data beyond 20 years follow-up are very scarce, so further studies evaluating larger cohorts for longer follow-up periods are needed to draw definitive conclusions on longevity. Life-long monitoring is mandatory in CS patients in order to control long term complications of previous cortisol excess and, possibly, normalize life expectancy.
Elena Valassi; Iris Crespo; Alicia Santos; Susan M Webb
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-4-20
Journal Detail:
Title:  Pituitary     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1573-7403     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2012 Apr 
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Created Date:  2012-4-24     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  9814578     Medline TA:  Pituitary     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Department of Medicine/Endocrinology, Research Group on Pituitary Diseases, Hospital Sant Pau, IIB-Sant Pau, Pare Claret 167, 08025, Barcelona, Spain,
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