The nurse is assessing a patient with Cushing's syndrome for complications associated with hypercortisolism, including


• Cushing's syndrome occurs when there is an excess of cortisol due to either over-production of ACTH by the pituitary glands or from the adrenal glands releasing too much cortisol. Occasionally, it may be due to exogenous causes.

• Common complications of Cushing's syndrome includes hypertension (remember, cortisol is a stress hormone), obesity, diabetes, and infections.

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