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Intraoperative Analysis of Cortisol During Adrenal Vein Sampling

Information source: Haukeland University Hospital
ClinicalTrials.gov processed this data on August 23, 2015
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Condition(s) targeted: Primary Hyperaldosteronism

Intervention: Intraoperative cortisol measurement. (Other)

Phase: N/A

Status: Completed

Sponsored by: Haukeland University Hospital

Official(s) and/or principal investigator(s):
Gunnar Mellgren, MD.PhD, Study Chair, Affiliation: Hormonlaboratoriet, Haukeland Universitetssykehus


Aldosterone is a hormone produced in the adrenals that helps regulate the salt balance and blood pressure. Primary hyperaldosteronism is one of the main endocrine causes of secondary hypertension. The overproduction of aldosteron might in some cases be due to unilateral hyperplasia of the adrenal cortex or a unilateral aldosterone-producing adenoma. In these cases the adrenal can be removed and the patient cured of hypertension. The clinical evaluation of patients with confirmed primary hyperaldosteronism therefore includes selective sampling of blood from the adrenal veins to determine lateralization of overproduction. This is executed as an interventional radiological procedure. The adrenal vein sampling is challenging, and success is determined by measuring another adrenal hormone named cortisol in the blood samples as a marker of a correctly drawn sample. By routine laboratory assays the procedure is evaluated after the patient has been discharged from the hospital. In the study a rapid assay of cortisol will be evaluated, allowing the radiologist to draw new samples during the same procedure if the first set of samples is unsuccessful. The study hypothesis is that intraoperative measurement of cortisol is a useful tool to evaluate successful sampling, and that fewer patients will need a repeated procedure.

Clinical Details

Official title: Intraoperative Analysis of Cortisol During Adrenal Vein Catheterization and Sampling in Patients With Primary Hyperaldosteronism.

Study design: Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment, Masking: Open Label, Primary Purpose: Diagnostic

Primary outcome: Representative blood sample from adrenal veins bilaterally.


Minimum age: 18 Years. Maximum age: N/A. Gender(s): Both.


Inclusion Criteria:

- Primary hyperaldosteronism

- Motivated for surgery if applicable

- Able to give informed consent

Exclusion Criteria:

- Not able to give informed consent

- Severe kidney failure

Locations and Contacts

Haukeland University Hospital, Bergen, Hordaland 5020, Norway
Additional Information

Starting date: January 2013
Last updated: August 28, 2013

Page last updated: August 23, 2015

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