Mnemonic for Cushings Syndrome

A simple memory device/mnemonic to remember the clinical features of Cushing’s syndrome is MOON FACIES.

Memory device for Cushings

  • Menstrual disorders
  • Osteopenia or Osteoporosis
  • Obesity (Central distribution of fat)
  • Neurosis (depression or psychosis)
  • Face (Plethora, hirsutism, acne)
  • Altered muscle physiology (proximal muscle weakness)
  • Supra-Clavicular and Dorso-Cervical fat pads.
  • Infection
  • Elevated blood pressure
  • Skin (Easy bruisability)
Cushings syndrome mnemonic


Manni, A., Quarde, A. (2020). Pituitary Gland Signs. In: Endocrine Pathophysiology. Springer, Cham.

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This was first published on May 22, 2020 and Last Updated on March 16, 2023 by MyEndoConsult


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