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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 291-294

Cushing's syndrome due to adrenocorticotropic hormone-secreting pheochromocytoma

1 NIMS, Kukatpally, Hyderabad, Telangana, India
2 Department of Endocrinology, DNB Resident, KIMS, Secunderabad, Telangana, India
3 Consultant Endocrinologist, KIMS, Kondapur, Hyderabad, Telangana, India

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Dr. Manoj Mengade
C/O, Ajay Kumar, House No. 1-8-109, Macleod Guda, PG Road, Sindhi Colony, Secunderabad - 500 003, Telangana
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DOI: 10.4103/2348-3334.190578

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Adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) producing pheochromocytoma is the rare cause of Cushing's syndrome (CS). Herein, we present a 53-year-old female patient with ectopic ACTH-dependent Cushing's syndrome due to pheochromocytoma. ACTH secreting pheochromocytoma is a rare but important source of ectopic ACTH secretion. Early diagnosis of pheochromocytoma with CS needs a high index of suspicion. The scenario provides clues for a detailed discussion about the pitfalls and diagnostic difficulties in establishing the underlying cause of ACTH-dependent CS. It demonstrates relative contributions of clinical, biochemical, and radiological clues in arriving at the correct underlying cause of CS.

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