What is hyperaldosteronism?
Hyperaldosteronism is a condition in which one or both adrenal glands produce too much of the hormone aldosterone. Aldosterone is a hormone (a substance produced by the body) that helps control the levels of potassium and sodium in the blood.
The adrenal glands are part of the endocrine system. They produce hormones the body needs to carry out daily functions, including testosterone, aldosterone and adrenaline. The adrenal glands are located above each kidney and are about the size of your thumb.
What causes hyperaldosteronism?
Hyperaldosteronism can be caused by a benign (noncancerous) tumor on the adrenal gland. Another possible cause of hyperaldosteronism is hyperplasia (overactivity) of the adrenal glands. In some cases, hyperaldosteronism is an inherited condition.
What are the symptoms of hyperaldosteronism?
Hyperaldosteronism can lower potassium levels in the body, which can cause the following symptoms:
- Tingling feelings
- Muscle spasms
- Temporary paralysis
- Extreme thirst
- Frequent urination (having to urinate often)