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Conn’s syndrome / Primary Aldosterone

Discussion in 'Cat Health and Nutrition' started by Jazzy Belle, Feb 18, 2021.


  1. Jazzy Belle

    Jazzy Belle PetForums Member

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    Hi Everyone,
    I thought I'd write a post as I've just had a call from my vet to say my beautiful cat Jasmine has Conn's Syndrome and her aldosterone levels are 1300 (they should be lower than 250 apparently). She explained that it's very rare and she is going to speak to a specialist regarding my options and will get back to me next week. I'm struggling to find information about this condition online so I was wondering if anyone on here has any experience with Conn's Syndrome/Primary Aldosterone? It's taken 6 months of investigations to get the diagnosis so it's not looking like my insurance will stretch to having surgery, so I'd love to know if anyone has managed to control this using medication?
    Thanks x
     

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  2. Kennie

    Kennie PetForums Newbie

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    Hi Jazzy Belle,
    I hope you and Jasmine are getting on well.
    I have also recently had this diagnosis for my cat, Hero. We are trying to decide between having surgery or not. How have you been getting on? Any tips or thoughts?
    Thanks :)
     
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    Jazzy Belle PetForums Member

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    Hi Kenny,

    I'm sorry to hear that Hero has been diagnosed with this condition too.
    Unfortunately I couldn't afford to go down the surgery route. The vet advised me that the scan alone would cost about 2.5k and if the tumours were in both adrenal glands then she wouldn't be suitable for surgery anyway. If she was suitable for the surgery then that would have cost a few more thousand.

    Jasmine has been taking potassium drops, and two different tablets - one for blood pressure and one for her aldosterone levels. It's early days but her levels are all starting to improve. She had a big pot belly which has reduced now. She's eating more normal amounts and she's lost a bit of weight. She looks more steady on her feet and she's started venturing outdoors again, which she hasn't done since last summer. So all in all things seem to be going very well at the moment and I'm feeling hopeful.

    Good luck with whatever you decide to do. It's difficult when there's not much information out there and even the vets don't know a lot about it.
     
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    Kennie PetForums Newbie

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    Hi Jazzy Belle,

    Thank you for your response. Unfortunately, Hero had become quite weak on his legs early on and then required urgent hospital admission. We have a diagnosis but are worried about the risks of surgery as he also also done well with medical management thus far like Jasmine. Fingers crossed for them both :)
     
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    Jazzy Belle PetForums Member

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    Aww poor thing. The surgery is quite high risk from what I can gather but can result in a full recovery. Good luck with whatever you decide
     
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