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Case Report: Iatrogenic cushing’s syndrome in children following nasal steroid

Isaac Oludare Oluwayemi, Abiola Olufunmilayo Oduwole, Elizabeth Oyenusi, Alphonsus Ndidi Onyiriuka, Muhammad Abdullahi, Olubunmi Benedicta Fakeye-Udeogu, Chidozie Jude Achonwa, Moustapha Kouyate


Cushing syndrome is a hormonal disorder caused by prolonged exposure of body tissue to cortisol. We report two cases of iatrogenic Cushing's syndrome in two Nigerian children following intranasal administration of aristobed-N (Betamethasone+Neomycin) given at a private hospital where the children presented with feature of adenoidal hypertrophy. Two months into treatment children were noticed to have developed clinical and laboratory features of iatrogenic Cushing's syndrome with critical adrenal suppression. Serum cortisol (at presentation): 1st patient: 12nmol/L (reference range 240-618), 2nd Patient: 1.69nmol/L. Serum cortisol (3 months after weaning off steroid): 343.27 nmol/L (within normal range for the first patient; second patient newly presented and has just begun steroid weaning off process. The serum cortisol level one month into weaninig off process was 128 nmol/L). Unsupervised topical steroid administration in children can cause adrenal suppression with clinical features of Cushing's syndrome.

Key words: Iatrogenic, cushing’s syndrome, nasal steroid
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