Journal of Korean Endocrine Society 2004;19(4):452-457.
Published online August 1, 2004.
A Case of Primary Aldosteronism with Aortic Dissection.
Jung Hyun Seo, Ji Young Kim, Young Sup Kim, Wan Suk Kim, Jin Hyang Shin, Dong Jik Ahn, Yoon Young Cho, Sung Hwan Park, Jae Bok Park, Hyun Dae Yoon, Ji Hyun Lee, Ho Sang Shon
1Department of Internal Medicine, School of Medicine, Catholic University of Daegu, Korea.
2Department of General Surgery, School of Medicine, Catholic University of Daegu, Korea.
3Department of Pathology, School of Medicine, Catholic University of Daegu, Korea.
Hypertension and atherosclerosis are the most important factors contributing to the development of aortic dissection. Primary aldosteronism is a rare cause of hypertension. The concurrence of aortic dissection is very rare in primary aldosteronism. However, when aortic dissection is found as a life-threatening complication of primary aldosteronism, then the diagnosis of primary aldosteronism is important because the therapeutic intervention can be curative. Only 3 cases of primary aldosteronism with aortic dissection have been reported in the literature. We report here on a case of primary aldosteronism with aortic dissection, which was treated by laparoscopic adrenalectomy. We lowered the blood pressure with antihypertensive drugs and potassium replacement was done to treat the aortic dissection. After stabilization of aortic dissection, we removed his left adrenal mass by laparoscopic adrenalectomy. Postoperatively, the patient's blood pressure has been within normal limits and the serum potassium increased to a normal level without supplementation. The aortic dissection has remained in a stable state
Key Words: Primary aldosteronism, Hypetension, Aortic dissection

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