Journal article

Hypothesis: A simple algorithm to distinguish between hypoaldosteronism and renal aldosterone resistance in patients with persistent hyperkalemia

William R Adam

NEPHROLOGY | WILEY | Published : 2008

Abstract

AIM: Many patients with hyperkalemia have a readily identifiable cause, which leads to appropriate management. In others, particularly those with a reduced glomerular filtration rate, differentiating between (relative) hypoaldosteronism (HA) and renal aldosterone resistance (RAR) can be problematic. The aim of this study was to see if a plasma aldosterone to potassium algorithm could be defined which would help identify patients with hyperkalemia owing to suboptimal levels of aldosterone, thereby validating treatment with 9-alpha-fluhydrocortisone, instead of cation exchange resins, if more conservative treatment fails. METHODS: A literature search for, and analysis of, studies providing det..

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