Cushing's Disease


Step 1: View clinicals

A 40-year-old woman presents with easy fatigability, weakness, lethargy, and poor concentration for 10 months. She also complains of a weight gain of 9 kg over the last 6 months, which she believes has mainly affected her abdomen and neck. She was recently diagnosed with impaired glucose intolerance but is currently not on any medications or dietary modifications. She is a mother of two boys. Her periods are irregular and have occurred 6 times in the last 10 months, with the most recent period being six weeks ago. A urine pregnancy test is negative. A complete blood count is found to be within normal parameters.

Step 2: Order all relevant investigations

Low-Dose DST

Following overnight dexamethasone suppression, serum cortisol levels are 2.4 mcg/dL (normal: <1.8)

24 hour Urinary Free Cortisol

24-hour urinary cortisol excretion is 204 mcg/day (normal: <50)

Plasma ACTH Levels

Basal ACTH is 120 pg/mL and 113 pg/mL on two consecutive days (Normal: 9 - 52)

MRI Pitutary

Gadolinium-enhanced MRI reveals an 8 mm diameter hypointense mass on the right side of the pituitary gland, suggestive of a microadenoma. The pituitary stalk is deviated towards the left.

Step 3: Select appropriate management

Transsphenoidal Surgery
DVT Prophylaxis

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