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What causes moon facies?

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A high release of hormones, especially cortisol, is a cause of moon face. This is called hyperadrenocorticalism or hypercortisolism. The adrenal glands, triangular-shaped glands that sit on top of the kidneys, release the cortisol.

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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