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Jul 22, 2018
In late February, a routine lab test revealed Jane had critically low blood potassium levels. She was called by a doctor in the middle of the night to go to the emergency room. Since then she has had 3 hospitalizations, multiple scans, and tests. In the last month, she has been diagnosed with Cushing's Syndrome, a pituitary brain tumor 4mm in size, a small tumor in her lower lung, and diverticulitis that caused a small bowel perforation. Cushing's Syndrome is caused by a large amount of cortisol being dumped in her body. This causes multiple issues all of which Jane now has-- diabetes, high blood pressure, low potassium, short term memory loss, abdominal weight gain, muscle weakness, fatigue, low immune system, and depression all due too much cortisol hormone. It is a rare syndrome but completely reversible when the cause has been removed. At first it was thought the tumor on the pituitary was the cause but a specific test has ruled that out. The tumor in her lung is what will be tested next this week.