HTN in a 20 Year Old with a Positive Family History for HTN
A 20-year-old has hypertension for 1 year. His father age was also found to have HTN at age 30.The patient has a normal [HCO3] and a normal [K]. Work-up thus far has shown normal renal artery Doppler studies, normal urinalysis, creatinine, renin, aldosterone and AM cortisol levels. Workup for pheochromocytoma is negative. Given the family history of HTN in his father at a such a young age as well, does the patient deserve genetic studies for an inheritable form of HTN? Not everyone agrees on the answer to that question in this Discussion!
Summary provided by Roger Rodby, MD, MS
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