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Cushing's syndrome can be hard to diagnose because many things can make your cortisol level higher than normal. You may need to see a doctor who specializes in hormone disorders (endocrinologist) to diagnose or treat Cushing's syndrome.
To find out if you have Cushing's syndrome, a doctor will:
Ask questions about the medicines you take, your symptoms, and, if you are a woman, your periods.
Take your blood pressure, look for skin changes, and check for changes in your weight and for any signs of cancer.
A doctor can usually find out from these exams if steroid medicine is causing the problem.
If you don't take steroid medicine or your doctor thinks something other than medicine is causing your symptoms, you may have tests, such as:
Tests to check the level of cortisol and other hormones in your blood and urine.
A test to measure cortisol in your saliva in the late evening, when the level normally drops.
A CT scan or MRI to look for a tumor on your adrenal glands, pituitary gland, or another organ.
Clinical trials are research studies that evaluate a new medical approach, device, drug, or other treatment. As a Stanford Health Care patient, you may have access to the latest, advanced clinical trials.
Open trials refer to studies currently accepting participants. Closed trials are not currently enrolling, but may open in the future.