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Common conditions causing the overproduction of aldosterone include:

  • A benign growth in an adrenal gland (aldosterone-producing adenoma) — a condition also known as Conn's syndrome
  • Overactivity of both adrenal glands (idiopathic hyperaldosteronism)

In rare cases, primary aldosteronism may be caused by:

  • A malignant growth of the outer layer (cortex) of the adrenal gland (adrenal cortical cancer)
  • A rare type of primary aldosteronism called glucocorticoid-remediable aldosteronism that runs in families and causes high blood pressure in children and young adults
Jan. 02, 2014