Medical-Surgical: Cushing’s vs Addison’s Disease

CUSHING’S 

  • think moon face, buffalo hump, truncal obesity – a “cushy” appearance
  • HIGH in everything, EXCEPT potassium – hypernateremia, hypertension, hyperglycemia, hypokalemia

ADDISON’S 

  • think bronze skin, weight loss, decrease appetite
  • LOW in everything, EXCEPT potassium – hyponatremia, hypotension, hypoglycemia, hyperkalemia
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