Primary and secondary hyperaldosteronism are conditions in which the adrenal gland releases too much of the hormone
Causes, incidence, and risk factors
Persons with primary hyperaldosteronism have a problem with the adrenal gland that causes it to release too much aldosterone.
In secondary hyperaldosteronism, the excess aldosterone is caused by something outside the adrenal gland that mimics the primary condition.
Primary hyperaldosteronism used to be considered a rare condition, but some experts believe that it may be the cause of
Secondary hyperaldosteronism is generally related to high blood pressure. It is also related to disorders such as:
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Review Date: 07/25/2009
Reviewed By: Robert Cooper, MD, Endocrinology Specialist and Chief of Medicine, Holyoke Medical Center, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, MA. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.