Computed tomography and adrenal venous sampling in the diagnosis of unilateral primary aldosteronism

Tracy A. Williams, Jacopo Burrello, Leonardo A. Sechi, Carlos E. Fardella, Joanna Matrozova, Christian Adolf, René Baudrand, Stella Bernardi, Felix Beuschlein, Cristiana Catena, Michalis Doumas, Francesco Fallo, Gilberta Giacchetti, Daniel A. Heinrich, Gaëlle Saint-Hilary, Pieter M. Jansen, Andrzej Januszewicz, Tomaz Kocjan, Tetsuo Nishikawa, Marcus QuinklerFumitoshi Satoh, Hironobu Umakoshi, Jǐí Widimský, Stefanie Hahner, Stella Douma, Michael Stowasser, Paolo Mulatero, Martin Reincke

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

73 Citations (Scopus)


Unilateral primary aldosteronism is the most common surgically correctable form of endocrine hypertension and is usually differentiated from bilateral forms by adrenal venous sampling (AVS) or computed tomography (CT). Our objective was to compare clinical and biochemical postsurgical outcomes of patients with unilateral primary aldosteronism diagnosed by CT or AVS and identify predictors of surgical outcomes. Patient data were obtained from 18 internationally distributed centers and retrospectively analyzed for clinical and biochemical outcomes of adrenalectomy of patients with surgical management based on CT (n=235 patients, diagnosed from 1994-2016) or AVS (526 patients, diagnosed from 1994-2015) using the standardized PASO (Primary Aldosteronism Surgical Outcome) criteria. Biochemical outcomes were highly different according to surgical management approach with a smaller proportion in the CT group achieving complete biochemical success (188 of 235 [80%] patients versus 491 of 526 [93%], P<0.001) and a greater proportion with absent biochemical success (29 of 235 [12%] versus 10 of 526 [2%], P<0.001). A diagnosis by CT was associated with a decreased likelihood of complete biochemical success compared with AVS (odds ratio, 0.28; 0.16-0.50; P<0.001). Clinical outcomes were not significantly different, but the absence of a postsurgical elevated aldosterone-to-renin ratio was a strong marker of complete clinical success (odds ratio, 14.81; 1.76-124.53; P=0.013) in the CT but not in the AVS group. In conclusion, patients diagnosed by CT have a decreased likelihood of achieving complete biochemical success compared with a diagnosis by AVS.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)641-649
Number of pages9
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2018


  • Adrenalectomy
  • Aldosterone
  • Hyperaldosteronism
  • Prevalence
  • Quality of life
  • Renin

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Internal Medicine


Dive into the research topics of 'Computed tomography and adrenal venous sampling in the diagnosis of unilateral primary aldosteronism'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this