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How is moon facies related to Cushing's syndrome?

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It can be difficult to diagnose Cushing's syndrome. That's because signs and symptoms such as facial swelling can be caused by other conditions. But it is more likely to be Cushing's syndrome if moon facies gets worse gradually along with other characteristic symptoms.

For example, fat may also gradually build up in the back of the neck, abdomen, or trunk, but legs and arms often stay thin. This type of central obesity is the most common feature of Cushing's syndrome.

From: Moon Facies WebMD Medical Reference

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UpToDate: "Clinical manifestations of Cushing's syndrome;" "Causes and pathophysiology of Cushing's syndrome;" "Myopathies of systemic disease;" "Major side effects of systemic glucocorticoids;" and "Glucocorticoid-induced myopathy."

eMedicine: "Cushing Syndrome."

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on July 22, 2017

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UpToDate: "Clinical manifestations of Cushing's syndrome;" "Causes and pathophysiology of Cushing's syndrome;" "Myopathies of systemic disease;" "Major side effects of systemic glucocorticoids;" and "Glucocorticoid-induced myopathy."

eMedicine: "Cushing Syndrome."

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on July 22, 2017

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