A rare presentation of subclinical Cushing’s syndrome as a pubic fracture
Ayçiçek Doǧan, Berçem
Küçükler, Ferit Kerim
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CitationArduç, A., Ayçiçek Doğan, B., Akbaba, G., Dağdelen, İ., Küçükler, K., Işık, S., Özuğuz, U., Berker, D. [et.al.]. (2014). A rare presentation of subclinical Cushing's syndrome as a pubic fracture. Internal Medicine, 53(16), 1779-1782.
Osteoporosis and bone fractures are commonly seen in patients with Cushing’s syndrome (CS). Fractures usually occur in the vertebrae and ribs whereas pubic fractures are less common. Similar to obvious hypercortisolemia, subclinical hypercortisolemia can increase the risk of fractures. However, in subclinical cases, bone fractures are very rarely seen as the presenting symptom. We herein report the case of a 62-year-old postmenopausal woman who was presented with a pubic fracture. During the evaluation of the fracture, thoracoabdominal magnetic resonance imaging of the patient demonstrated an adrenal mass. Although the patient did not show any signs of overt hypercortisolism, an endocrinologic evaluation revealed hypercortiso-lism due to an adrenal tumor. Adrenalectomy was performed, which resulted in a cure of the disease. During the orthopedic follow-up, the patient’s pubic area pain gradually improved, and the pubic fracture healed without any accompanying new bone fractures. One year after the surgery, a remarkable improvement was detected in the patient’s bone density in spite of the lack of administration of any medications for osteoporosis. Subclinical CS can present as a pubic fracture, and awareness of this relationship can help physicians to diagnose the disease. © 2014 The Japanese Society of Internal Medicine.