Diagosing Atypical Cushings
What if your dog has all the symptoms of Cushings excessive drinking, urination, and appetite; pot belly; skin problems; elevated alkaline phosphatase; etc. but the tests say no? Veterinary endocrinologists at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville (UTK) have been investigating this phenomenon. They found that many dogs have elevated steroid intermediates (also called steroid precursors or sex steroids) with normal cortisol. They call this condition atypical Cushings disease, or adrenal hyperplasia-like syndrome. It has been suggested that cases of atypical Cushings disease may be caused by a problem in the steroid production pathway.