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What causes Conn's syndrome (primary hyperaldosteronism)?

The most common cause of Conn's syndrome is an aldosterone-producing tumor of the adrenal gland. Women between the ages of 30 and 50 are at highest risk for developing Conn's syndrome.

The excess secretion of the hormone aldosterone into the blood is from an abnormal adrenal gland or glands. Two types of abnormality are seen: a benign tumour of one adrenal, called an adenoma or a general enlargement of both adrenals, called hyperplasia. The underlying reasons for the development of an adenoma or hyperplasia are not known.

More information on Conn's syndrome (primary hyperaldosteronism)

What is Conn's syndrome? - Conn's syndrome is a disease of the adrenal glands involving excess production of a hormone, called aldosterone. Another name for the condition is primary hyperaldosteronism.
What causes primary hyperaldosteronism? - The most common cause of Conn's syndrome is an aldosterone-producing tumor of the adrenal gland.
What are the symptoms of Conn's syndrome - Symptoms of Conn's syndrome include high blood pressure, headache, tiredness, and excessive urination (often during the night).
How is Conn's syndrome diagnosed? - Conn's syndrome should be suspected in all patients with high blood pressure. The most rigorous method of diagnosis is to measure the blood levels of two hormones.
What're the treatments for Conn's syndrome? - Conn's syndrome resulting from a tumor is usually treated by removing an adrenal gland (unilateral adrenalectomy). 
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