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International Journal of HypertensionVolume 2011 2011, Article ID 624691, 10 pages

Review ArticleEunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, Program on Developmental Endocrinology and Genetics, Bethesda, MD 20892, USA

Received 18 November 2010; Revised 9 January 2011; Accepted 13 January 2011

Academic Editor: Vasilios Papademetriou

Copyright © 2011 Andreas Moraitis and Constantine Stratakis. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Primary aldosteronism is the most common cause of secondary hypertension. In the past, screening for primary aldosteronism was offered only in patients with hypertension associated with hypokalemia. Recent studies showed that hypokalemia is seen in only 25% of the patients with primary aldosteronism, which has increased the prevalence of primary aldosteronism to 10–15% of all cases with new onset hypertension.

Author: Andreas Moraitis and Constantine Stratakis



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