The role of surgery in Conn’s syndrome – a case of refractory hypertension secondary to an aldosterone secreting adenoma
Primary aldosteronism, eponymously known as Conn’s syndrome, has recently gained recognition as the most common cause of endocrine hypertension. Unilateral subtypes, such as aldosterone secreting adenomas, are managed surgically and are potentially curable. The background of refractory hypertension and hypokalaemia in a forty-year-old man raised suspicions of Conn’s syndrome which was localised to an aldosterone secreting adenoma in the right adrenal gland. The patient underwent a laparoscopic intraperitoneal right adrenalectomy which resulted in normalisation of his plasma aldosterone concentration as well as improved blood pressure control.
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