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A 69-year-old member asked:

How do you diagnose hyperparathyroidism?

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Dr. Jeoffry Gordon
Family Medicine 55 years experience
Medical tests: Parathyroid hormone (PTH) regulates how much calcium gets into the blood from bones to make cellular processes work correctly. First blood calcium has to be significantly high (>11 m/dl). Then PTH can be directly measured in blood. If high this is usually caused by a benign (non cancerous) adenoma of a gland in the neck which can be identified by a radioactive scan and then removed by surgery.
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 50 years experience
Start with Ca level: A screening test would be serum calcium level. If elevated, your doctor will need to do investigation to determine the cause. One of the causes of elevated serum calcium levels is hyperparathyroidism.
Dr. Terri Washington
Endocrinology 17 years experience
Blood test: Hyperparathyroidism is diagnosed with both a high calcium level with a high parathyroid hormone level or inappropriately normal parathyroid hormone level. Both are checked with blood test.
Dr. Yash Khanna
Family Medicine 58 years experience
BloodTestScanUltraso: Hyperparathyroidism can be asymptomatic in many patients and on routine blood test they are discovered to have elevated Calcium level.Another test is done to measure24 hiur calcium and VitD and Parathyroid hormone level Ultrasound exam may show an adenoma and Will show on Sestamibi Scan which is a nuclear scan will also confirm the site of adenoma
Dr. Brendan Stack jr., md, facs, face
Head and Neck Surgery 33 years experience
Diagnose HPT: The diagnosis is made by measuring the total or ionized calcium in you blood with a matched measurement of intact PTH hormone.

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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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What is hyperparathyroidism?

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Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
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Hyper parathyroid's: Is an excess of parathyroid hormone in the bloodstream due to overactivity of one or more of the body's four parathyroid glands. These oval, grain-of-rice-sized glands are located in your neck. The parathyroid glands produce parathyroid hormone, which helps maintain an appropriate balance of calcium in the bloodstream and in tissues that depend on calcium for proper functioning.

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