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Category Archives: Doctor’s Answers

Glucagon Test

Question: I had low estrogen (age 33) and was referred to an endocrinologist. I asked to be tested for Cushing’s. I was scheduled for an insulin tolerance test, but ended up having a glucagon test. I was told that all of my hormones, including cortisol, were normal. Are these tests ever used to diagnose Cushing’s? Continue Reading

Bipolar Disorder and Psychosis Symptoms

Question: How many patients with active Cushing’s have bipolar disorder? Also, are psychotic symptoms very common?  Answer: This is great question. I will start by including short definitions of bipolar illness and psychosis. According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), “Bipolar disorder, also known as manic-depressive illness, is a brain disorder that causesContinue Reading

Adrenal Tumors Not Usually Cancer

Question: Are most adrenal tumors causing Cushing’s adrenal cancer?  Answer: The vast majority of adrenal tumors causing Cushing’s are benign. By Dr. Constantine Stratakis, NICHD, NIH, Bethesda, MD, Winter, 2016

Possibility of Adrenal Tumor on Remaining Gland

Question: I had an adrenal tumor removed 20 years ago and have led a normal life with one adrenal gland. Do I need to be concerned about getting a tumor on the other adrenal gland?  Answer: If you are healthy, there is most likely no reason to be concerned for a tumor or any otherContinue Reading

Doctor Visits After Long Term Remission

Question: I had a pituitary tumor 15 years ago, have discontinued replacement and overall feel well. Every time I see a new physician, Cushing’s becomes a major topic and I get concerned again. Am I different than the normal population in terms of what I should I watch for to live a healthful life? Answer:Continue Reading