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What is moon facies?

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If your face has gradually swollen into a rounded shape, you may have moon facies. Also called moon face, this is usually not serious. But it may make you feel self-conscious.

Moon facies occurs when extra fat builds up on the sides of the face. It is often related to obesity but can be from Cushing's syndrome. That's why people sometimes refer to it as a Cushingoid appearance.

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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