Doctors remove adrenal gland to cure Cushing kid

Doctors of the Children Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City performed a surgery to remove adrenal gland to cure an 11-year-old girl of Cushing syndrome.

Doctors remove adrenal gland to cure Cushing kid

Surgeons decided to remove the gland (either pituitary or adrenal gland) that is responsible for the syndrome. Removal of both adrenal glands can cure the patient of Cushing's syndrome.
So far, the patient of Cushing has been the 22th case in the world.
11-year-old girl from the Central Highlands province of Dak Lak weighs over 59 kilogram. Her parents have taken her to hospitals in Ho Chi Minh City. She was diagnosed to be obese. However, she continued to experience rapid weight gain though she ate less.
Lately, the girl was sent to Nguyen Tri Phuong Hospital in HCMC where doctors thought the girl’s endocrine glands are abnormal; therefore, they had a talk with their counterpart in the Children Hospital. The kid was then transferred to the Children Hospital for further treatment.
Deputy head of the Children Hospital’s Kidney- Endocrine Department Dr. Tran Thi Huong said that the kid has symptoms which most people with Cushing syndrome experience including round, red, full face (moon face), weight gain with fat accumulation on the trunk, but fat loss from the arms, legs, and buttocks (central obesity), excess hair growth on the face, neck, chest, abdomen, and thighs.
After receiving test result, doctors diagnosed the kid to have Cushing syndrome which is a disorder occuring when your body has a high level of the hormone cortisol. The disease usually happens in adults while the world reported 21 or 22 cases in kids caused by adrenal glands.
After studying cases in the world, deputy head of Department of Anesthesiology Dr. Ha Van Luong said the most effective treatment is to remove adrenal glands. Without operation, the girl may experience obesity, high blood pressure or mental disorder.
ospital surgeons have performed the operation to remove adrenal glands. Three days after operation, the kid recovered and her weight reduced yet she was still under observation of doctors. 

By THANH AN – Translated by UYEN PHUONG

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