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Asthma and Cushing’s Syndrome*

Andrew M. Wilson, MBChB; Aubrey Blumsohn, MRCPath, PhD; Roland T. Jung, MD; Brian J. Lipworth, MD
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*From the Departments of Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics (Drs. Wilson and Lipworth), Biochemical Medicine (Dr. Blumsohn), and Medicine (Dr. Jung), Ninewells Hospital and Medical School, University of Dundee, Dundee, Scotland, UK.

Correspondence to: Brian J. Lipworth, MD, Department of Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics, Ninewells Hospital and Medical School, University of Dundee, Dundee DD1 9SY; e-mail: b.j.lipworth@dundee.ac.uk



Chest. 2000;117(2):593-594. doi:10.1378/chest.117.2.593
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A female patient was treated with high-dose inhaled fluticasone propionate for her asthma. Over 2 years, she developed features of Cushing’s syndrome with proximal myopathy, osteopenia, hypertension, depressive psychosis, and cushingoid appearance. She had biochemical evidence of marked adrenal suppression with a 9:00 am serum cortisol of 20 nmol/L that returned to normal (315 mol/L) after her therapy was changed to budenoside, 0.8 mg/d. Her appearance, mental state, and myopathy also improved with no loss of asthma control. This case illustrates the potential for developing clinically relevant adverse effects of inhaled corticosteroids when given at licensed doses.


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