Operable adrenal nodules are responsible for at least 5% of cases of hypertension

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (Published 07 August 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f4969
  1. Ingrid Torjesen
  1. 1London

One in 20 cases of hypertension is caused by small nodules on the adrenal gland and can be cured by surgically removing the nodules if they are identified early enough, research published in Nature Genetics has found.1

Adrenal tumours are recognised as a rare cause of hypertension (fewer than 1% of cases), but now researchers have found that smaller, benign tumours, or nodules, called adrenal aldosterone producing adenomas, not visible using traditional CT scans, can also cause hypertension. The researchers, from the UK, Denmark, the Netherlands, Austria, and the Czech Republic, estimate that these nodules …

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