What other tests are used in the workup of primary aldosteronism?

Updated: Mar 24, 2020
  • Author: Gabriel I Uwaifo, MD; Chief Editor: Romesh Khardori, MD, PhD, FACP  more...
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Other tests include the following:

  • NP-59 iodo-methyl-norcholesterol scintigraphy: Although fairly difficult to set up and not routinely available, this test can be useful in select cases for distinguishing between adenomas and hyperplasia
  • Adrenal venous sampling: Adrenal venous sampling probably has its greatest utility when adrenal imaging findings are completely normal despite biochemical evidence for primary aldosteronism and in settings in which bilateral adrenal pathology is present on imaging and the biochemistry suggests the presence of a functional aldosteronoma
  • Dexamethasone suppression test: This test is relevant only in the setting of possible familial aldosteronism
  • Metoclopramide (Reglan) test: This is a noninvasive test for distinguishing between aldosteronomas and idiopathic adrenal hyperplasia (IAH)

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