What is the relationship between primary aldosteronism and secondary hypertension (HTN)?

Updated: Mar 24, 2020
  • Author: Gabriel I Uwaifo, MD; Chief Editor: Romesh Khardori, MD, PhD, FACP  more...
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Although initially considered a rarity, primary aldosteronism now is considered one of the more common causes of secondary hypertension (HTN). Litynski reported the first cases, but Conn was the first to well characterize the disorder, in 1956. Conn syndrome, as originally described, refers specifically to primary aldosteronism due to the presence of an adrenal aldosteronoma (aldosterone-secreting benign adrenal neoplasm). (See Etiology.)


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