Long term treatment of mineralocorticoid excess syndrome

Division of Endocrinology, University of Padua, Italy.
Steroids (Impact Factor: 2.64). 02/1995; 60(1):81-6. DOI: 10.1016/0039-128X(94)00018-8
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Recognition of the pathogenesis of secondary forms of hypertension is often considered the key to appropriate choice of treatment. We here present the results of a prolonged clinical follow-up (from 1 to 20 years) of a large number of patients with mineralocorticoid excess syndromes (MES), including over 100 patients with primary aldosteronism (PA), 3 cases with dexamethasone-suppressible aldosteronism (DSA), 3 cases of apparent mineralocorticoid excess (AME) Type II, and 4 patients with 17-hydroxylase deficiency (17OHDS). The patients with PA have been divided in two subgroups, one of 69 cases followed between 1973 and 1982, and the second of 37 patients studied between 1983 and 1992; 33 further cases were not evaluated due to poor compliance. In group I, 26 patients underwent surgery (23 unilateral adenoma, 1 primary hyperplasia, 2 bilateral nodular hyperplasia); at 5 years 50% had normal blood pressure, 25% had mild hypertension and 25% had moderate to severe hypertension. Forty-three patients with either adenoma (APA) or idiopathic aldosteronism (IHA) received long-term spironolactone treatment. Among them, 13 required the addition of thiazide and/or beta-blockers, while 13 were switched to an amiloride/thiazide combination (+/- beta blockers) due to side-effects to spironolactone (gynecomastia 6/20 males, menstrual upset or breast pain in 7/23 females). In group II, 12 patients underwent surgery (11 adenoma, 1 primary hyperplasia) with a similar outcome at 3 years as in group I; 25 patients were put on either K canrenoate (11) or Ca++ channel blockers (14) with or without KCl supplementation; in 8 cases these two drugs were combined according to blood pressure levels achieved during the follow-up.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)

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