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What are parathyroids?

What are parathyroids?

Endocrine glands: Two on each side in most people. They secrete PTH and control the blood calcium very accurately. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of parathyroid removal?

What are symptoms of parathyroid removal?

Parathyroid removal: In the hours after surgery you will have some symptoms but this should recover quickly. The parathyroid removal could be one large parathyroid gland - there are four glands - and full recovery could be soon and simple. If more than one gland is removed you will be properly treated to keep your PTH and calcium levels normal. ...Read more

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My parathyroid level is 134, is this dangerous?

My parathyroid level is 134, is this dangerous?

Depends on calcium: If the calcium is elevated or high normal and PTH is significantly elevated, primary hyperparathyroidism is most likely cause and would most likely be treated with surgery. If the calcium is low the most likely cause is vitamin d deficiency. ...Read more

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What are some symptoms of parathyroid malfunction ?

What are some symptoms of parathyroid malfunction ?

Many symptoms: The list is long: bone pain, osteopenia, osteoporosis, bone fractures, osteogenesis fibrosis cystica, kidney stones, kidney failure, pancreatitis, abdominal pain, ulcers, depression, fatigue, forgetfulness, insomnia mong others. The cure is surgery, surgery, surgery! ...Read more

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What should I do if parathyroid is not working properly?

What should I do if parathyroid is not working properly?

under or over-active: In what way is it not working properly? What is your calcium and PTH level and what is your 24 hour urine calcium? ...Read more

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I need help! How do I know if I have parathyroid hyper or hypo?

I need help! How do I know if I have parathyroid hyper or hypo?

Easy to test for: Hi. The key things to test for are: blood calcium, blood phosphate, kidney function, vitamin D levels, PTH, and 24-hour urinary calcium. If your blood calcium, urinary calcium, & PTH are high, you have primary hyperparathyroidism (HPT). If blood calcium is low or normal and PTH is high, you have secondary HPT. If blood calcium and PTH are low, you have hypoparathyroidism. Kidney disease caveats. ...Read more

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Can sick parathyroids be fixed?

Can sick parathyroids be fixed?

Yes: Depends on what the problem is but the most common problem is overproduction of parathyroid hormone due to a growth. There are treatment options. Surgery will typically cure it. Otherwise, a pill can be used to control it if surgery is not an option. You can also inject alcohol into the gland to "ablate" it (not commonly done). ...Read more

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What's the thyroid vs. The parathyroid?

What's the thyroid vs. The parathyroid?

Anatomy: The thyroid gland is a major regulator of many functions of the body by producing thyroid hormones. It sits in the lower neck on both sides. The parathyroid glands regulate calcium metabolism. There are 4 of them and they lie behind (and often in contact with) the thyroid. ...Read more

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What are the risks benefits of parathyroid removal?

Limited risk: Benefits are return of an elevated calcium to normal, if the problems is a parathyroid adenoma. The only risks are problems w/surgery like bleeding, infection, etc. Which are generally small. Best surgery is endoscopic if it's available in your area. Occ calcium can drop suddenly after removal, but usually normalizes easily w/calcium and vitamin d. ...Read more

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What can I expect from a parathyroid removal surgery?

What can I expect from a parathyroid removal surgery?

You need to clarify : Are you asking what to expect in terms of the recovery period or pain associated with surgery? Or are you asking how you will feel differently after surgery. Unless there is reason to suspect that you have men you should only have one gland removed and then the iopth level will confirm that you are cured. ...Read more

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What is the surgery cure rate of parathyroid operation?

What is the surgery cure rate of parathyroid operation?

High: Assuming one parathyroid adenoma in the setting of primary hyperparathyroidism (one gland disease) , the surgical cure rate can be as high as 95%. One gland disease is usually found in younger patients so younger patients will typically have a higher surgical success than older patients. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of removing the parathyroid ?

None if 1 is taken.: If an abnormal parathyroid gland is removed there should be no side effects, if one normal gland is removed during thyroid surgery there also should be no side effects. If all 4 normal glands are removed a very low blood calcium will occur causing tingling and cramps and rarely seizures. This can be treated. ...Read more

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What happens after parathyroid surgery to keep you even?

What happens after parathyroid surgery to keep you even?

Other glands job: Most people have 4 parathyroid glands. In over 85% of cases of hyperparathyroidism, only one is englarged and problematic. So when removed the other 3 glands take over and maintain balance in your body. ...Read more

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Are there any relation between parathyroid and numbness?

Are there any relation between parathyroid and numbness?

Numbness: If your parathyroid levels are normal there should be no numbness. If you have numbness you should see a Neurologist. You should probably not need more than 1000 or 2000 mg of vitamin D a day ...Read more

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What is the difference between parathyroid and the thyroid?

What is the difference between parathyroid and the thyroid?

Thyroid vs parathyro: The thyroid is a butterfly shaped gland at the front of the neck. It is involved with metabolism. The parathyroid glands just happen to live next to the thyroid. They are responsible for maintaining the proper calcium level in the blood. ...Read more

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What is the difference between the parathyroid and the thyroid?

What is the difference between the parathyroid and the thyroid?

Calcium/Metabolism: Parathyroid are a group of 4 endocrin glands located behind the Thyroid gland.Produces Hormone that controls the Calcium in our bodies.How much Calcium is in your bones and in Blood. Thyroid is also an Endocrine Gland located in Neck and produces Thyroxin(T4) (Hormone) which controls Metabolism,growth and development and temperature.Thyroid also produces another hormone calledTriiodothyronine(T3) ...Read more

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What are the danger signs to look for after parathyroid removal surgery?

What are the danger signs to look for after parathyroid removal surgery?

Tingling on fingers: Most parathyroid surgeries are performed to removed a parathyroid adenoma, a benign tumor affecting one of the four parathyroid glands. The serum calcium is usually elevated preoperatively and returns to normal quickly after surgery. Sometimes it falls below the normal level causing temporary tingling in the hands and around lips. Oral calcium usually controls these symptoms. ...Read more

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