ICD-9 Diagnosis Code 255.0

Cushing's syndrome

Diagnosis Code 255.0

ICD-9: 255.0
Short Description: Cushing's syndrome
Long Description: Cushing's syndrome
This is the 2014 version of the ICD-9-CM diagnosis code 255.0

Code Classification
  • Endocrine, nutritional and metabolic diseases, and immunity disorders
    • Diseases of other endocrine glands (249-259)
      • 255 Disorders of adrenal glands

Information for Medical Professionals

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  • Adrenal Cushing's syndrome
  • Adrenocorticotropic hormone-dependent Cushing syndrome
  • Alcohol-induced pseudo-Cushing's syndrome
  • Artefactual pseudo-Cushing's syndrome
  • Cyclical Cushing's syndrome
  • Hypercortisolism
  • Hypercortisolism due to adrenal neoplasm
  • Hypercortisolism due to nonpituitary tumor
  • Hypercortisolism due to pituitary adenoma
  • Hypermelanosis due to Cushing syndrome
  • Iatrogenic Cushing's disease
  • Idiopathic Cushing's syndrome
  • Myopathy in Cushing's disease
  • Paraneoplastic ectopic secretion of adrenocorticotropic hormone
  • Pituitary-dependent Cushing's disease

Index of Diseases and Injuries
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Information for Patients

Cushing's Syndrome

Also called: Hypercortisolism

Cushing's syndrome is a hormonal disorder. The cause is long-term exposure to too much cortisol, a hormone that your adrenal gland makes. Sometimes, taking synthetic hormone medicine to treat an inflammatory disease leads to Cushing's. Some kinds of tumors produce a hormone that can cause your body to make too much cortisol.

Cushing's syndrome is rare. Some symptoms are

  • Upper body obesity
  • Thin arms and legs
  • Severe fatigue and muscle weakness
  • High blood pressure
  • High blood sugar
  • Easy bruising

Lab tests can show if you have it and find the cause. Your treatment will depend on why you have too much cortisol. If it is because you have been taking synthetic hormones, a lower dose may control your symptoms. If the cause is a tumor, surgery and other therapies may be needed.

NIH: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases

  • 17-hydroxycorticosteroids
  • ACTH blood test
  • Cortisol - urine
  • Cushing syndrome
  • Cushing syndrome - exogenous
  • Cushing syndrome due to adrenal tumor
  • Cushing's disease
  • Dexamethasone suppression test
  • Ectopic Cushing syndrome

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