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After a parathyroidectomy, what calcium problems will one have?

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Dr. Mary Efremov
Internal Medicine 43 years experience
Depends: Of one or two glands are removed, probably nothing, if all removed you will need life long calcium replacement and vitamin d therapy.
Dr. Richard Orr
Surgical Oncology 44 years experience
Variable: If only 1 or 2 glands are removed, usually none unless the hyperapara was long-standing and severe (then you would have to take calcium for awhile). If 3 1/2 glands are removed or all 4 (with reimplantation) then the calcium will fall at least for a short time and your levels will need to be monitored closely.
Dr. Brendan Stack jr., md, facs, face
Head and Neck Surgery 32 years experience
Parathyroidectomy: There are 3 options: normal, high, or low. Normal is ideal, the surgery was a success. High means the surgery was a failure or there is another cause, not from the parathyroids. Low can come from parathyroid damage from an aggressive surgery or hungry bone syndrome.
Dr. Susan Rhoads
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Great info! Thanks, Dr. Stack. Here's a link about hungry bone syndrome, which is pretty interesting. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23152439
May 10, 2016

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