Cushing's Syndrome | Symptoms


What are the symptoms of Cushing's syndrome?

The following are some of the symptoms of Cushing's syndrome:

  • Fat deposits that form around the abdomen and upper back (a hump often forms between the shoulders)
  • Thinner skin that is easily bruised
  • Cuts, scratches and insect bites that take a long time to heal
  • Pink or purple stretch marks on your skin (especially the arms, breasts, adbomen and thighs)
  • Round and puffy face
  • Muscle weakness
  • Depression
  • Acne
  • Irritability
  • Irregular menstrual periods in women
  • Thicker or more visible hair on the face and body (usually more noticeable in women)
  • Erectile dysfunction in men
  • High blood pressure
  • Osteoporosis (weak and brittle bones)
  • High blood sugar levels


Cushing's Disease: Clinical Manifestations and Diagnostic Evaluation by LF Kirk, Jr., M.D., RB Hash, M.D., HP Katner, M.D., and T Jones, M.D. (American Family Physician September 01, 2000,

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Reviewed/Updated: 02/14
Created: 09/00