Physical examination for Cushing's syndrome

During a physical examination to check for Cushing's syndrome, your health professional will:

  • Take your blood pressure.
  • Examine you for changes in skin thickness; an unusual amount of fat on the back of your neck, on your upper back, and around your waist; bruising; stretch marks; and infected wounds.
  • Check your skin for tanning in places where you would not expect to see a tan, especially in the mouth, around the nipples, and in the creases of your palms.
  • Weigh you.
  • Check the strength of your arms and legs.
  • Examine you carefully for any signs of cancer.

Last Updated: April 29, 2008

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