Treatment of Primary Aldosteronism

The best treatment for primary hyperaldosteronism depends on the cause of the disease and the individual patient. Patients found to have evidence of excess aldosterone production from one gland (unilateral) are usually provided with several options for treatment. Most commonly, surgery (adrenalectomy of the affected side) is recommended. The operation is usually performed using minimally…

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Adrenal Vein Sampling

What is Adrenal Vein Sampling and how is it performed? Some patients diagnosed with primary aldosteronism who are considering surgery for treatment may be referred for adrenal vein sampling. This procedure is performed by an interventional radiologist. With sedation and local anesthetic, catheters are introduced into one or both femoral veins in the upper thigh.…

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Evaluation of Primary Aldosteronism

What is primary hyperaldosteronism? Aldosterone is a hormone made by the adrenal gland that primarily helps control blood pressure. When blood pressure is low, aldosterone tells the kidneys to hold onto sodium and water and get rid of potassium. Too much aldosterone increases the amount of fluid in the body (raising your blood pressure) and…

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