What is the role of the fludrocortisone suppression test 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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This test works on the same principle that the sodium chloride intravenous infusion or the oral salt-loading tests are based on for confirming a diagnosis of primary aldosteronism. The fludrocortisone suppression test has lost much of its popularity, however, because it requires hospitalization of the patient and 4-5 days to complete, and it currently is mainly of historical interest.


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