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parathyroid gland removal

A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Melissa Young
8 years experience in Internal Medicine
Regulate calcium: The parathyroid glands secrete a hormone that keeps the level of calcium in the blood from falling. It does this by pulling calcium from the bone and ... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Frederick Singer
57 years experience in Endocrinology
4 glands in the neck: There are 4 small glands in the neck adjacent to the thyroid gland which produce parathyroid hormone, an important regulator of blood calcium levels.
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Peter Mowschenson
47 years experience in General Surgery
Yes: Many people have their thyroid gland removed and thyroid hormone is easy to replace. If all your parathyroids are taken out which is generally a compl ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Philip Kern
42 years experience in Endocrinology
None: They are both glands that secrete hormones, but different hormones, and a dysfunction of one has no bearing on the other.
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Susan Wingo
32 years experience in Endocrinology
Several: High calcium from a parathyroid tumor can cause stones, bones, moans, and groans. Stones = kidney stones. Bones = increased fracture risk, and gener ... Read More
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A 74-year-old female asked:
Dr. Walter Futterweit
63 years experience in Endocrinology
Usually: If the hypercalcemia worsens,,,the remove surgically
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Quang Nguyen
Specializes in Endocrinology
Usually: Usually it's one gland that has the adenoma but you can also have a condition called parathyroid hyperplasia where all 4 glands are enlarged. You onl ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Frederick Singer
57 years experience in Endocrinology
Regulates calcium.: The parathyroid glands secrete parathyroid hormone which is critical in maintaining a normal calcium level in the blood. It acts on the bone and kid ... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Adler
38 years experience in Family Medicine
Blood work and scan: The first step in diagnosis is blood work. Overactive parathyroid glands cause high levels of blood calcium. This can be found on routine blood work a ... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Quang Nguyen
Specializes in Endocrinology
Neck: The parathyroid glands are diffierent than the thyroid gland (they share part of the name but their functions are very diffierent). There are 4 parat ... Read More

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