What is the role of CT scanning in identifying surgical candidates for the treatment of primary aldosteronism?

Updated: Mar 24, 2020
  • Author: Gabriel I Uwaifo, MD; Chief Editor: Romesh Khardori, MD, PhD, FACP  more...
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Surgical indications

Some investigators suggest that when a solitary, unilateral macroadenoma (>1 cm) is detected on a CT scan in a young patient in the setting of unequivocal aldosteronism, unilateral adrenalectomy is indicated. However, because of the age-dependent risk that a solitary, unilateral adrenal macroadenoma may be a nonfunctioning adenoma, some experts believe that adrenal vein sampling [22] should be performed in patients older than 40 years.


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