Aldosteronism, Primary

– A hypertensive disorder resulting from excess production of aldosterone by the adrenal gland.

Causes and Incidence

Most cases are caused by an adenoma of the adrenal gland. Other causes are adrenal nodular hyperplasia and adrenal carcinoma. Only 0.5% to 2% of those with hypertension are affected. The condition is three times more likely to affect women; the typical age ranges from 30 to 50 years.
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