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how do you diagnose hyperparathyroidism?

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Dr. Jeoffry Gordon
Internal Medicine 54 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 49 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 16 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 57 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 32 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 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.
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..
A 32-year-old member asked:

High deductible. Limited coverage of outpatient care. Would really help to know what tests, evaluations are required to diagnose hyperparathyroidism and follow it after treatment.?

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Dr. John Hammes
Nephrology and Dialysis 28 years experience
Need more info: - is primary (ie caused from single enlarged PTH gland) - blood: pth, calcium, phosphorus, creatinine; 24hr urine calcium collected properly, -if sig elevated PTH level, u/s or nuclear medicine scan to look at gland. If adenoma, then surgery. After surgery, check levels, replace calcium, maybe vitamin d. (i only get 400 characters to respond).
A 37-year-old member asked:

What kind of doctor diagnoses hyperparathyroidism?

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Dr. Frederick Singer
Endocrinology 58 years experience
Endocrinologist.: The diagnosis of hyperparathyroidism could be made by a general practitioner or internist but the most experienced specialist would be an endocrinologist.
A 35-year-old member asked:

Diagnosed with hyperparathyroidism. What can I expect now?

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Dr. Yash Khanna
Family Medicine 57 years experience
MayNeedParathyrectom: gYou are diagnosed with hyperparathyroidism and you are 36 years old.That makes you a candidate for Parathyryrectomy.That is removal of the gland which is producing too much Hormone

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