Hyperaldosteronism is when the body makes too much aldosterone. Aldosterone is important in keeping sodium and potassium levels in balance, which controls blood pressure and fluids in the blood.
Symptoms may include:
- Frequent urination (especially at night)
- Generalized weakness
- High blood pressure
- Muscle cramping
Tests and Diagnosis
When hyperaldosteronism is being considered, your child’s doctor may order blood or urine tests to check for too much aldosterone and too little potassium. The physician will also perhaps order a CT scan to look for noncancerous tumors or other abnormal growths on the adrenal glands.
Medications that block the effect of aldosterone are the main treatment for hyperaldosteronism. If there is a noncancerous tumor on only one adrenal gland, surgery to remove that tumor is often effective.