Cushings Assessment Nursing Mnemonic (STRESSED)

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  • S-Skin fragile
  • T-Truncal obesity with small arms
  • R-Rounded face
  • E-Ecchymosis, Elevated blood pressure
  • S-Striae on the extremities and abdomen (Purplish)
  • S-Sugar extremely high
  • E-Excessive body hair especially in women, Electrolytes imbalance: hypokalemia
  • D-Dorsocervical fat pad (Buffalo hump), Depression


Assessment findings of Cushing’s Disease – caused by EXCESS secretion of adrenal hormones – glucocorticoids, mineralocorticoids, and androgens. One of these, Cortisol, is also called the Stress hormone (STRESSED).

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