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A 37-year-old male asked:

how is secondary hyperparathyroidism diagnosed? what is the cure to this?thank you.

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Dr. Philip Kern
Endocrinology 43 years experience
Calcium parathyroid: This is usually diagnosed in people with kidney disease. If the calcium is low, or the phosphorus too high, or the level of Vit D too low, the parathyroid makes too much PTH, which causes bone disease. Treatment targets the cause: vit D (calcitriol), phosphate binders, special diets.
Dr. Yash Khanna
Family Medicine 57 years experience
By Blood Test: Secondary Hyperparathyroidism is due to increased response by the Thyroid gland to Hypocalcemia(Low Calcium in Blood) It is seen in Chronic Renal Failure or defective calcium receptors on the surface of Parathyroid Glands Blood test will show low level of Calcium and Elevated Parathyroid hormone and highVit D Level It can also occur after Baratric Surgery,Chronic Pancreatitis&Small Bowel Diseas

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A 31-year-old member asked:

My brother was diagnosed with hyperparathyroidism. Any tips or suggestions for him?

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Dr. Tarek Naguib
Nephrology and Dialysis 40 years experience
Depends primary?: Primary disease, means unknown cause, needs surgery unless he is elderly. Will need lots of water unless has swelling or chf, to prevent kidney stones that form in this disease. Secondary disease, means due to kidney weakness, is treated by vit d, but you need to help by stopping phosphorus rich foods i.e. Dairy products, cola, chocolate, processed food. Root beer ok decrease legume beans.
A 36-year-old member asked:

What are the effects of secondary hyperparathyroidism?

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Dr. Thomas Namey
Rheumatology 48 years experience
Bone loss.: Secondary hptism is always associated with the maintenance of serum calcium by sucking it from bone. This can lead to osteoporosis, added to the low vit d, usually the most common cause. Hypercalcemia is not usually present.
A 47-year-old member asked:

What is the difference between hyperparathyroidism and hypoparathyroidism?

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Dr. Zahid Ahmad
Endocrinology 17 years experience
High and low calcium: Hypoparathyroidisim has low calcium and low PTH (hormone that controls calcium). Hyperparathyroidis, has high calcium and either high or (abnormally) normal pth.
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A 24-year-old male asked:

If i were to have hyperparathyroidism, would my blood ths and free ths be high? Thank you!

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Dr. Quang Nguyen
Specializes in Endocrinology
No: They should not be affected.
A 47-year-old member asked:

Can you be both hypothyroid and hyperparathyroid?

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Dr. Alan Feldman
Endocrinology 41 years experience
Yes: Hypothyroidism is low production of thyroid hormone by the thyroid gland. Hyperparathyroidism is overproduction of PTH by parathyroid glands. Although the parathyroid glands are next to the thyroid, they are completely unrelated glands, and can cause problems seperately or together. Hypothyroidism is fairly common, so is primary hyperparathyroidism in women, so you could easily have both.

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