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What would happen if the parathyroid glands were removed?

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Dr. Frederick Singer answered

Specializes in Endocrinology

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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Dr. John Yim answered

Specializes in Surgical Oncology

Most people have four parathyroids, and even one parathyroid can produce enough parathyroid hormone to keep the calcium level fine. If, however, all the parathyroid glands are removed, then a serious life-threatening low calcium level can occur, causing tetany, similar to the tetanus that tetanus shots are supposed to prevent. This requires large amounts of lifelong calcium pills and vitamin d.

Answered Apr 10, 2018

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