How common is primary aldosteronism in the US?

Updated: Mar 24, 2020
  • Author: Gabriel I Uwaifo, MD; Chief Editor: Romesh Khardori, MD, PhD, FACP  more...
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The exact prevalence of primary aldosteronism is unclear, but estimates suggest that 5-15% of essential hypertension (HTN) cases may be due to primary aldosteronism. The prevalence of primary aldosteronism is probably higher in patients who have a low serum potassium level, in patients who are elderly, and in patients who have HTN that is resistant to single medication use.


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