Basics: The Pituitary Gland: Small But Mighty
Sunday Jun 4
“The pituitary is commonly referred to as the ‘master’ gland because it does so many important jobs in the body,” says Karen Frankwich, MD, a board-certified endocrinologist at Mission Hospital. “Not only does the pituitary make its own hormones, but it also triggers hormone production in other glands. The pituitary is aided in its job by the hypothalamus. This part of the brain is situated above the pituitary, and sends messages to the gland on when to release or stimulate production of necessary hormones.”
Read more at https://cushings.invisionzone.com/topic/56334-the-pituitary-gland-small-but-mighty/
Basics: Meds - Isturisa
Monday Jun 5
Cushing’s disease is a progressive pituitary disorder in which there is an excess of cortisol in the body. While the disease can be treated surgically, this option is not possible for all patients. This is one of the approved medications that assist in controlling cortisol levels in people with Cushing’s disease.
Isturisa was approved in 2020 to treat adults with Cushing’s disease for whom pituitary surgery is ineffective or not an option.
Read more at https://cushings.invisionzone.com/topic/56571-meds-isturisa/
More Comments added to MaryO, 35th Pituitary Surgery Anniversary
Monday Jun 5
More from Facebook, 2022 - Janice said 'I’m so happy that you documented your life. And am grateful you gave up so Much of your life to raise awareness for our disease....If it weren’t for the support that you have provided all of us over the years life would be so Much more difficult. Thanks for everything you’ve done and continue to do'
Marie said 'Congrats
to you on this special anniversary! I feel so honored and blessed to have met you on a few occasions and most grateful for your visit at NIH while I was there for 3 weeks. Thank you so much for your kindness and support! They meant alot to me!'
Judy said 'Thank you, thank you, thank you....'
Aemi said 'Amazing. Thank you for sharing your story and for continuing to educate doctors on Cushings!'
Basics: Workup for Incidental Pituitary Adenoma
Monday Jun 5
A 35-year-old woman is seen in the outpatient clinic for evaluation of an incidental pituitary macroadenoma. Her medical history is significant for hypertension, diabetes, hyperlipidemia, polycystic ovary syndrome, and obesity. She initially presented to the emergency department (ED) a week ago after an episode of right visual field changes that she described as waviness in her right eye and right hemibody sensory changes without motor deficits. While in the ED, she underwent a full workup for possible stroke, which was negative. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of her brain without contrast revealed a 12-mm pituitary lesion; a repeat MRI with contrast was then ordered (Figure). No serum hormonal panel was available for review from ED records.
Read more at https://cushings.invisionzone.com/topic/56643-workup-for-incidental-pituitary-adenoma/
Add or update Your Bio
Tuesday Jun 6
The Add Your Bio form has been updated so that it no longer requires Flash. Your information will help others.
I would like to add that if anyone would like to do something for the Cushing's Awareness Challenge but you don't have (or want to have) a blog, why not consider adding your bio to the website this month?
More info at https://cushingsbios.com/2018/08/28/we-have-a-new-bio-form/
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Comment on Happy Girl tells her Story So Far
Friday Jun 9
I am currently struggling to get a Cushing's Diagnosis. I have all the symptoms, the weight gain, the striae, the fatigue, muscle issues, Buffalo hump, it all matches up, but my salivary cortisol tests and the UFC I took also came back normal (It did not test for 17-OHS). My doctor's keep telling me it's PCOS despite the fact that my testosterone and androgen levels are well within normal. Do you have any advice for those trying to get diagnosed with episodic Cushing's? I am really struggling here.
read more at https://cushingsbios.com/2020/10/03/video-happy-girl-tells-her-story-so-far/
Vision Loss May Herald Brain Tumor
Friday Jun 9
Tumors arising in the pituitary gland show symptoms either due to excessive hormone secretion or due to excessive growth and compression and spread to the surrounding tissues. Adenomas that do not secrete hormones usually grow slowly and can remain asymptomatic for years. Those who secrete hormones show early symptoms due to the effects of hormones in the body…
Cushing's - In ACTH excess; fat in abnormal areas of the body, muscle weakness, high blood pressure and blood sugar, skin oily and acne development, stretch marks, psychological problems.
Read more at https://cushings.invisionzone.com/topic/55650-vision-loss-may-herald-brain-tumor/