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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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What are the symptoms of parathyroid disease?

What are the symptoms of parathyroid disease?

Many symptoms: Parathyroid hormone is responsible for regulating calcium level in blood. If high, it will raise calcium level in your blood causing osteoporosis, kidney stones, kidney problems, bone pain, constipation, abdominal pain, psychological problems...If low, it can cause low calcium in the blood resulting in numbness/tingling, muscle cramps, fatigue, irritability, seizures, uncontrolled movements... ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of parathyroid disorders?

What are the symptoms of parathyroid disorders?

There are several...: Symptoms are related to an elevated level of parathyroid hormone, which causes a high blood calcium level. Minimal symptoms are present until the calcium level is so high as to cause kidney stones, GI "moans" (constipation, nausea, belly pain), psychic "groans" (confusion, dementia, depression, etc.), and pain in the bones, including diffuse bone pain and fractures. ...Read more

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I have fibromyalgia, sjogren's, barettes esophagus, parathyroid disease. I take many prescription for these conditions. How can I lose weight.

I have fibromyalgia, sjogren's, barettes esophagus, parathyroid disease. I take many prescription for these conditions.  How can I lose weight.

Talk with your doc: Talk with your doctor about your weight concerns. S/he may be just as concerned as you are! you need to review your current diet for what needs changing -- perhaps your doctor has a nutritionist s/he refers to, who can help. Eat whole foods, eliminating processed ones as much as possible; low sugar; lean proteins, low-starch veggies; fruits, etc. Gradually increase movement and exercise. ...Read more

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[for prognosis; parathyroid tumor? X-ray unremarkable. course of action) for 93 yr old African American female]. Sensipar doubled from 30mg to 60

[for prognosis; parathyroid tumor? X-ray unremarkable. course of action) for 93 yr old African American female].
Sensipar doubled from 30mg to 60

Treatment fine: Sensipar (cinacalcet) decreases levels of parathyroid hormone (PTH), calcium, and phosphorous in the body. It is used to treat hyperparathyroidism for long-term dialysis for kidney disease. It is also employed to treat hypercalcemia in patients with cancer of the parathyroid gland, and those with overactive parathyroid glands not be treated surgically. Initial dose: 30 mg increases .op to 180mg ...Read more

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What is parathyroid disorder? What does your parathyroid look like or feel like in your neck?

What is parathyroid disorder? What does your parathyroid look like or feel like in your neck?

Overactive: An over active parathyroid gland, or hyperparathyroidism, can cause weak bones, broken bones, kidney stones, pancreatitis, stomach ulcers, abdominal pain, fatigue, depression, forgetfulness, and anxiety. A normal parathyroid gland is about the size of a grain of rice or a pea. An abnormal gland is about the size of an olive. They are nearly impossible to feel on normal examination. ...Read more

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What are the possible consequences of failing to treat a parathyroid disorder?

What are the possible consequences of failing to treat a parathyroid disorder?

Multiple: If we are dealing with hyperparathyroidism, then untreated it can lead to recurrent kidney stones, osteoperosis, bone fractures, joint pain, fatigue, abdominal pain, and concentration/mood issues too. ...Read more

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Can a low parathyroid gland effect my medication for adhd?

Can a low parathyroid gland effect my medication for adhd?

U mean low thyroid?: Low parathyroid hormone is a rare condition, usually caused by removal of too much parathyroid tissue during surgery to treat a parathyroid adenoma. It has no symptoms except the resulting low calcium levels in the blood. Low thyroid is very common and should be treated. It has many psychiatric consequences, including decreased attention and concentration. Your adhd meds will be less effective. ...Read more

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What does parathyroid hormone (parathormone) work together with?

What does parathyroid hormone (parathormone) work together with?

?: Don't understand this questions. Pth interacts with blood calcium but has effects on the kidney and a host of other organs that are unclear. ...Read more

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