A 76-year-old male asked:
Ive just had a phonecall from the doctor as my recent blood test is showing raised parathyroid hormone level (i am on thyroid tablets already) and serum protein electrothoresis showing a monoclonal igg iam bda paraprotein. what does this mean?
2 doctor answers • 4 doctors weighed in
Nephrology and Dialysis 43 years experience
You should not confuse thyroid gland with parathyroid glands. Parathyroid glands, usually 4 of them, are imbedded in the thyroid. You take thyroxine for hypothyroidism but you have hyperparathyroidism (i.e hyperactive parathyroid glands). Because of high calcium level, your doctor ordered PTH level and serum electropheresis. Please read the next comment because there is not enough space.
Reviewed Apr 12, 2021
Pathology 50 years experience
All laboratory results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the tests is usually in the best position to do that. Talk to the doctor who ordered the tests. Having said that, you have not provided sufficient information to provide a meaningful opinion.
Wish you good health!
Reviewed Apr 09, 2021
Last updated Apr 12, 2021
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