What are endogenous sources of excess mineralocorticoid in patients with hypokalemia (low potassium level)?

Updated: Dec 06, 2018
  • Author: Eleanor Lederer, MD, FASN; Chief Editor: Vecihi Batuman, MD, FASN  more...
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Endogenous sources of excess mineralocorticoid include the following:

  • Primary hyperaldosteronism, most commonly from an adrenal adenoma or bilateral adrenal hyperplasia

  • Secondary hyperaldosteronism from volume depletion, congestive heart failure, cirrhosis, or vomiting

  • Tumor that is producing adrenocorticotropic hormone

  • Genetic disorders


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