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Hypertension/High Blood Pressure Health Center

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Aldosterone in Urine

What Affects the Test

Reasons you may not be able to have the test or why the results may not be helpful include:

What To Think About

  • The kidney hormone renin normally controls how much aldosterone is released by the adrenal glands. Usually a renin activity test is done when the aldosterone level is measured. To learn more, see the topic Renin.
  • Aldosterone is more commonly measured in a blood test. To learn more, see the topic Aldosterone in Blood.
  • If you have overactive adrenal glands or an abnormal adrenal growth, potassium levels may also be tested. To learn more, see the topic Potassium (K) in Blood.


  1. Pagana KD, Pagana TJ (2010). Mosby’s Manual of Diagnostic and Laboratory Tests, 4th ed. St. Louis: Mosby Elsevier.

Other Works Consulted

  • American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (2006). Medical guidelines for clinical practice for the diagnosis and treatment of hypertension. Endocrine Practice, 12(2): 195-222.

  • Pagana KD, Pagana TJ (2010). Mosby’s Manual of Diagnostic and Laboratory Tests, 4th ed. St. Louis: Mosby Elsevier.

ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical ReviewerE. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical ReviewerAlan C. Dalkin, MD - Endocrinology

Current as ofNovember 14, 2014

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Last Updated: November 14, 2014
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.

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