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why is hyperparathyroid disease so hard to diagnose?

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Dr. Pedro Hernandez
Geriatrics 40 years experience
No symptoms.: Most time asymptomatic. Usually found b/o calcium levels are high several times then we order the pthintact ( intact parathyroid hormone high).The problem is that high calcium may be caused by cancers and many other entities like multiple myeloma, familiar hypercalcemia, secondary hyperparathyroidism. We also order 24 urine collection of calcium to assess the excretion.
Dr. Bruce Rothschild
Rheumatology 48 years experience
Minimalism: Routine chemistry panels include calcium levels, making diagnosis easier, but diagnoses are not made unless the possibility is considered. If the physician is minimalistic in their approach and does not workup findings, it can be missed. This should not be a problem for conscientious physicians.
Dr. Yash Khanna
Family Medicine 57 years experience
It is not hard to di: It is not hard to diagnose Hyperparathyroidism if you visit your doctor for regular check up.Most of the time it is discovered by finding high level of Calcium in the blood and is confirmed by doing a parathyroid hormone level which is also elevated.Putting the two together you have the diagnosis of hyperparathyroidism and by doing VitD level you can differentiate if it is Primary or Secondary HP
Dr. Quang Nguyen
Specializes in Endocrinology
Not hard: It's not a hard diagnosis to make. Sometime it's hard to localize the growth but the initial diagnosis is not difficult.
Dr. Brendan Stack jr., md, facs, face
Head and Neck Surgery 32 years experience
Hard to diagnose.: HPT is hard to diagnose in its early stages because tumors are small, PTH levels are lower, and PTH and calcium levels can fluctuate from day to day or even within the same day.

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A 34-year-old member asked:

What are the common symptoms of hyperparathyroidism?

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Dr. Francine Yep
Family Medicine 31 years experience
No symptom sometimes: Often people will have no symptoms. Other symptoms: feeling tired, painful joints, not hungry, feeling sad, poor memory and concentration. You can also have constipation, pee more, feeling thirsty all the time.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Will my untreated hyperparathyroidism decrease my life expectancy?

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Dr. Peter Kurzweil
Internal Medicine 50 years experience
No: Hyperparathyroidism is almost always due to a benign parathyroid adeoma in one of the four glands tucked within your thyroid gland. This shouldn't affect your lifespan. The level of your plasma or serum calcium may. So if it gets higher than about 11.5, consider getting it localized and removed. As always, check with your pmd or endo.
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A 40-year-old member asked:

I've been diagnosed with hyperparathyroidism, what is this exactly?

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Dr. Quang Nguyen
Specializes in Endocrinology
High parathyroid: Hyperparathyroidism is a condition characterized by high parathyroid concentration. Parathyroid hormone is responsible for regulating calcium level in blood. The most common cause of hyperparathyroidism is a growth on your parathyroid gland causing overproduction of this hormone. If high, it will raise calcium level in your blood causing osteoporosis, kidney stones, kidney problems, constipation..
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A 24-year-old member asked:

How young can you get hyperparathyroidism?

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Dr. Vered Lewy-Weiss
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Any age: Rarely, babies are born with this condition or predisposed to this condition for different reasons.
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What is the treatment for hyperparathyroidism?

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Dr. Quang Nguyen
Specializes in Endocrinology
Surgery: Surgery is the treatment for hyperparathyroidism. If you are not a surgical candidate, there is a pill that you can take to lower the parathyroid level but you need to take this pill long term and it's not the best treatment. Make sure you have a good endocrinologist and ENT /surgeon on the case as you go through this.

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