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In medicine (endocrinology), hypoaldosteronism refers to decreased levels of the hormone aldosterone. There are several causes for this condition, including primary adrenal insufficiency, congenital adrenal hyperplasia, and medications (certain diuretics, NSAIDs, and ACE inhibitors). This condition may result in hyperkalemia, which can be serious medical condition. It can also cause hyponatremia. Medicine on the Web NLM (National Library of Medicine, contains resources for patients and healthcare professionals) Virtual Hospital (digital health sciences library by the University of Iowa) Online Medical Dictionary Collection of links to free medical resources Categories: Medicine | Health ... Endocrinology is a branch of medicine dealing with disorders of the endocrine system and its specific secretions called hormones. ... A hormone (from Greek horman - to set in motion) is a chemical messenger from one cell (or group of cells) to another. ... Aldosterone is a steroid synthesized in the mid-section of the adrenal cortex of the adrenal gland. ... In medicine, adrenal insufficiency is the inability of the adrenal gland to produce adequate amounts of cortisol in response to stress. ... Congenital adrenal hyperplasia (CAH) refers to any of several autosomal recessive diseases resulting from defects in steps of the synthesis of cortisol from cholesterol by the adrenal glands. ... A diuretic is any drug that tends to increase the flow of urine from the body (diuresis). ... Jump to: navigation, search Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, usually abbreviated to NSAIDs, are drugs with analgesic, antipyretic and anti-inflammatory effects - they reduce pain, fever and inflammation. ... ACE inhibitors, or inhibitors of Angiotensin_Converting Enzyme, are a group of pharmaceuticals that are used primarily in treatment of hypertension and congestive heart failure, in most cases as the drugs of first choice. ... Hyperkalemia (hyper is high, kalium is the Latin name for potassium) is an elevated blood level (above 5. ... The electrolyte disturbance hyponatremia exists when the sodium level in the plasma falls below 135 mmol/l. ...

See also

  • adrenal gland
  • mineralocorticoid deficiency
  • pseudohypoaldosteronism
  • hyperaldosteronism

we need more aldosterone to increase better sex. In mammals, the adrenal glands (also known as suprarenal glands or colloquially as kidney hats) are the triangle-shaped endocrine glands that sit atop the kidneys. ...

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Encyclopedia of Nursing & Allied Health | Adrenocortical Hormone Tests (3891 words)
It is also used to detect those cases of hypoaldosteronism that occur in the absence of a low cortisol.
Hypoaldosteronism is characterized by low serum sodium, dehydration, and high serum potassium (hyperkalemia).
Hypoaldosteronism can occur in Addison's disease, which usually is caused by autoimmune damage to the adrenal cortex.
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