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Primary Aldosteronism Evaluation
- High blood pressure
- Changes in the retina of the eye due to high blood pressure:
- The appearance of the healthy retina
- Diseased retina from effects of hypertension
- Swelling of the extremities
Testing is necessary to confirm the diagnosis of aldosteronism.
Tests used to evaluate aldosteronism may include:
- Serum electrolytes
- Glucose tolerance test
- Serum aldosterone level
- Fludrocortisone suppression test:
- Measures the level of aldosterone in your bloodstream after receiving a dose of the fludrocortisone.
- Nuclear scanning of the adrenal glands
- Intravenous pyelogram
- CT scanning of the abdomen
- Adrenal gland biopsy
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PubMed Primary Aldosteronism References
- Capricchione A, Winer N, Sowers JR. Adrenocortical hypertension. Curr Hypertens Rep. 2004 Jun;6(3):224-9. 
- Kaplan NM. The current epidemic of primary aldosteronism: causes and consequences. J Hypertens. 2004 May;22(5):863-9. 
- Mulatero P, Dluhy RG, Giacchetti G, Boscaro M, Veglio F, Stewart PM. Diagnosis of primary aldosteronism: from screening to subtype differentiation. Trends Endocrinol Metab. 2005 Apr;16(3):114-9. 
- Vaughan ED Jr. Diseases of the adrenal gland. Med Clin North Am. 2004 Mar;88(2):443-66.