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How is moon facies related to Cushing's syndrome?

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It can be hard to diagnose Cushing's syndrome. That's because signs and symptoms like facial swelling can result from other conditions. But it's more likely to be Cushing's syndrome if moon facies gets worse slowly along with other symptoms.

For example, fat may slowly build up in the back of your neck, abdomen, or trunk, while your legs and arms 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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