It is generally believed that Cushing's syndrome rarely occurs in children (Haymaker and Anderson). However, from a survey of the available literature we were able to collect 26 cases of the disease with onset before the age of 16. We are also reporting a case of our own.
REPORT OF CASE
R. C., a white boy aged 15 years, was admitted to the Meyer Memorial Hospital on April 2, 1941, complaining of generalized weakness and a severe persistent backache. His symptoms began in July 1940, with a rapidly acquired obesity. Mild general malaise and fatigue after moderate exertion also occurred about this time, steadily increasing to profound generalized weakness. In November 1940 the patient suffered mild frequency of urination with nocturia. He also had frequent sore throats, blurring of vision and occasional frontal headaches at this time. In January 1941 edema of the feet was observed on several occasions. Shortly
FARBER JE, GUSTINA FJ, POSTOLOFF AV. CUSHING'S SYNDROME IN CHILDRENREVIEW OF THE LITERATURE AND REPORT OF A CASE. Am J Dis Child. 1943;65(4):593–603. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1943.02010160077010