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How does the sensipar medication work in curing parathyroid disorders?

How does the sensipar medication work in curing parathyroid disorders?

Negative feedback: Sensipar (aka cinacalcet) helps the parathyroid gland respond better to calcium in the blood stream. The presence of calcium typically slows down the parathyroid gland as the gland wants to increase calcium levels in the blood. The gland will produce PTH (parathyroid hormone) to help increase calcium levels. With the drug, the gland isn't as active and PTH levels are lower. ...Read more

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Dr. Steve Martinez
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Parathyroid Disorders (Definition)

Parathyroid disorders are a group of disorders that affect the parathyroids, which are small glands near the thyroid gland in the front of the neck that control calcium ...Read more


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What are potential side effects of parathyroid disorders?

What are potential side effects of parathyroid disorders?

Osteoporosis: If an adenoma on the gland develops (usually only in one of the four), there is excess absorption and mobilization of calcium, which can result in enough loss of bone to risk fragility. If there is inadequate hormone, the opposite happens and low blood calcium can result in muscle contraction issues. ...Read more

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How common is parathyroid disease in teenagers?

How common is parathyroid disease in teenagers?

Rare: I'm an adult doc but i think it's pretty rare. High calcium is the first finding, but i'd look for other causes. ...Read more

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My dr. Won't check pth because my calcium levels are consistently normal. Will calcium always be elevated in parathyroid disorders?

My dr. Won't check pth because my calcium levels are consistently normal. Will calcium always be elevated in parathyroid disorders?

Parathyroid test: Parathyroid levels are very closely reflected by your calcium levels my impression is you are concerned about over active and general totally normal calcium is enough there are rare cases where actual assessment by direct measurements is of value in a fair number of patients with vitamind insufficiency we see high PTH levels which is a costly way to decide all of us need calcium and vitamin d. ...Read more

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Who gets parathyroid disease?

Anybody: There are a few hereditary causes of parathyroid disease which can increase your risk above the general population but generally speaking, parathyroid disease can occur in anyone and at any age, although the average is around 60 years of age. ...Read more

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How are parathyroid disorders found?

How are parathyroid disorders found?

Blood test & imaging: It can be confirmed by lab and urine tests, followed by imaging studies (parathyroid scan +/- neck ultrasound). ...Read more

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Are parathyroid disorders hereditary?

Are parathyroid disorders hereditary?

Yes and no: Parathyroid disorder can occur in anyone but it could also be hereditary (that is if a family member has hyperparathyrodiism, you are at higher risk of developing the disease). There is also a condition called men (multiple endocrine neoplasm) that can increase your risk of parathyroid disease if someone in your family has it. ...Read more

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How are parathyroid disorders treated?

How are parathyroid disorders treated?

Many: If it's hyperparathyroidism, the best treatment is surgery. Medications and possibly alcohol injection can be used but these are inferior to surgery and only considered when surgery is refused or contraindicated. If it's hypoparathyroidism, the treatment is calcium and vitamin d (both inactive and active) replacement. ...Read more

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