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what is the definition or description of: hyperparathyroidism?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Hyperparathyroidism: Hyperparathyroidism = overactivity of 1 or more parathyroid glands with excess production of parathyroid hormone causing loss of calcium and bone weakness. See: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/hyperparathyroidism/basics/symptoms/con-20022086
Dr. Brendan Stack jr., md, facs, face
Head and Neck Surgery 32 years experience
Definition of HPT: The definition is elevated parathyroid hormone, >88 pg/ml, and elevated calcium, >10.4 mg/ml or 1.33 Mmol/ml. Elevated urine calcium, >300mg/24 hrs, is often used as a confirmatory test.

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A 21-year-old member asked:

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.
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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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