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A 81-year-old female asked:

My grandma had surgery to remove an inflamed paratyroid gland. complications were high calcium, constipation, hypertension, heart palpitations and fatigue. however shes still having heart palpitations and constipation.is it a cause for concern ?

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Dr. Hiep Le
Dr. Hiep Leanswered
Nephrology and Dialysis 44 years experience
Your grandma probably had subtotal parathyroidectomy for primary hyperparathyroidism which had caused hypercalcemia, a know risk factor for constipation. Hypertension and cardiac arrhythmia can also exacerbated by hypercalcemia. She should get better after the surgery but give it some time; in the mean time she needs to maintain good fluid intake because painful swallowing is common post op.
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Dr. Jerome Zacks
Cardiology 53 years experience
Grandma's status merits an evaluation by an endocrinologist and a cardiologist, working together to clarify the significance of the patient's symptoms and history. Also, note 81 yr old female referring to her grandma (what age?!).
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Last updated Apr 9, 2022


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