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Lesson of the month 2: Cauda equina in Cushing’s syndrome

Maslin, D; Gounaris, I; Ng, K; Corrie, P; (2016) Lesson of the month 2: Cauda equina in Cushing’s syndrome. Clinical Medicine , 16 (1) pp. 88-90. 10.7861/clinmedicine.16-1-88. Green open access

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Abstract

We present the case of a 34-year old woman who initially presented with obesity and back pain. She was eventually diagnosed with Cushing's syndrome secondary to an adrenocortical carcinoma that had metastasised to her spine, causing cauda equina compression. The delays in reaching the correct diagnosis caused significant morbidity and exemplify the pitfalls of premature closing, a common cognitive error in diagnostic reasoning.

Type: Article
Title: Lesson of the month 2: Cauda equina in Cushing’s syndrome
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.7861/clinmedicine.16-1-88
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.7861/clinmedicine.16-1-88
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the version of record. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Cushing’s syndrome , adrenocortical carcinoma , cauda equina , back pain , premature closing
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences > Cancer Institute
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10099705
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