Hyperaldosteronism

HyperaldosteronismHyperaldosteronism is a rare disease in which excessive secretion of aldosterone by the adrenal cortex causes high blood pressure. The disease is usually the result and accompanying symptoms of congestive heart decompensation, cirrhosis of the liver or some other long-term illness. In rare cases, the disease is a result of tumors (usually benign) in one adrenal gland; in this case, the disease is called Conn’s syndrome (also known as primary aldosteronism or primary hyperaldosteronism).

The main symptoms are the same as with the high blood pressure. In other symptoms we include tingling and weakness in limbs, convulsion (spasms) of muscles in the hands and feet, and increased thirst with excessive urination. Hyperaldosteronism is revealed via blood tests; after that, the angiogram of adrenal glands will show whether it is gland tumor. With surgical removal of the tumor, all the symptoms of the disease usually disappear. If the disease is caused by another medical condition, it is necessary to keep it under the control by taking diuretics for the rest of the life.