High Cortisol Levels May Impair Immune System, Spark Infection

High Cortisol Levels May Impair Immune System, Spark Infection

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High Cortisol Levels May Impair Immune System, Spark Infection

A generalized skin infection due to Mycobacterium chelonae — a rapidly growing type of bacteria — may be a manifestation of an impaired immune system due to Cushing’s disease linked to high cortisol hormone levels caused by an ACTH-producing tumor, a case report shows. The case highlights the need for extensive tests whenever a patient experiences a generalized infection but no immediate cause for a potentially impaired immune system, the researchers said. The study, “Disseminated…

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