Conn’s Syndrome – Hyperaldosteronism Treatment
The adrenal cortex produces multiple hormones, including aldosterone, which is crucial for maintaining salt and potassium levels in the blood. When there is too much aldosterone produced, it can result in too much salt and low levels of potassium, which can cause hypertension (high blood pressure). High levels of aldosterone is called Conn’s Syndrome, or hyperaldosteronism. Danny Shouhed, M.D. is a general surgeon who specializes in adrenal gland disorders, including offering Conn’s syndrome – aldosteronism treatment at his practice in Los Angeles.
Symptoms and Causes of Hyperaldosteronism
The main symptom of Conn’s syndrome is high blood pressure, which can put patients at higher risks for stroke, heart attack and heart disease. In addition, potassium may be low due to high aldosterone levels, resulting in fatigue, muscle cramps, increased thirst/urination and numbness. The causes of hyperaldosteronism can impact either one or both adrenal glands – unilateral or bilateral. The possible causes include:
- Unilateral adrenal tumor
- Unilateral aldosterone-producing tumor
- Unilateral hyperplasia
- Bi-lateral hyperplasia
Conn’s syndrome – hypoaldosteronism treatment depends on the cause of high levels of aldosterone. If it is caused by a tumor, removal of the tumor can cure Conn’s syndrome. If hyperplasia is causing unilateral or bilateral hyperaldosteronism, medication can be used to block the effects of aldosterone to help control hypertension.
If you have high blood pressure caused by Conn’s syndrome, it is important to determine the cause of your disease. If a tumor is causing your overproduction of aldosterone, surgery can be successful in curing your condition. To learn more about treatment options for Conn’s syndrome, contact our office in Los Angeles to schedule a consultation with Danny Shouhed, M.D. We offer minimally-invasive surgery for removal of adrenal tumors performed by Dr. Shouhed, one of the top general surgeons and adrenal specialists in LA.