Cushing’s syndrome induced by misuse of topical corticosteroids in a child with psoriasis vulgaris

Githa Rahmayunita, Aman B Pulungan, Benny Effendi Wiryadi, Tina Wardhani Wisesa, Titi Lestari Sugito, Siti Aisah Boediarja

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Prolonged exogenous corticosteroid administration may cause Cushing’s syndrome. However, the development of Cushing’s syndrome from topical corticosteroid therapy is rare. A 7½-year-old boy has suffered from psoriasis vulgaris since the age of two. He was treated by a dermatologist with a mixture of 3% salicylic acid, 5% liquor carbonis detergens, 10 grams of 0.1% mometasone furoate ointment, and 5 grams combination cream consisting of 0.1% gentamycin sulphate and 0.025% fluocinolone acetonide. The parents continued the treatment without the doctor’s supervision. They applied it to all over the patient’s body three times daily for 3½ years. The patient showed mild hypertension, moon face, buffalo hump, obesity, multiple striae, and suppression of hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal axis. The bone mineral density and bone age examinations revealed normal results. Children are more prone to develop systemic side effects of topical medication because of their higher ratio of total body surface area to body weight. Corticosteroid must be used with great care, especially in children. It is very important to inform the parents about potential side effects of corticosteroid.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)281-286
Number of pages6
JournalMedical Journal of Indonesia
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2008


  • Cushing’s syndrome - topical corticosteroids
  • Side effects


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