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What are the main complications happen in parathyroid glands?

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Dr. William Banks Hinshaw
Obstetrics and Gynecology 44 years experience
Hormone changes: The parathyroid glands produce a hormone called pth. The production of this hormone is controlled by the serum levels of calcium. If the production become independent of the calcium level due to a benign tumor of the gland, overproduction occurs. If the glands are injured through radiation or surgery of other means, low production may result.
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Dr. Frederick Singer
Endocrinology 59 years experience
Enlarged or absent.: Parathyroid glands (one or more) may enlarge and cause a high blood calcium and lead to kidney stones and bone loss. If high enough symptoms may occur such as mental changes, constipation, frequent urination and weakness. In kidney failure parathyroid glands enlarge but often the blood calcium is low. Absence of parathyroid glands most often is due to thyroid surgery. The blood calcium is low.
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A 40-year-old member asked:

What would happen if the parathyroid glands were removed?

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Dr. Frederick Singer
Endocrinology 59 years experience
Low blood calcium: Removal of the parathyroid glands would immediately result in a low blood calcium and ususally tingling, muscle cramps, impaired thinking and occasionally, seizures. It can be treated with a powerful form of vitamin d and calcium.
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