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What is the difference between hyperthyroidism and hyperparathyroidism?

What is the difference between hyperthyroidism and hyperparathyroidism?

Different Glands: "Para" means next to. Next to the thyroid gland lie 4 tiny glands called parathyroid glands, which regulate calcium levels. The thyroid make thyroid hormone; hyperthyroidism is having too much thyroid hormone. The parathyroids make parathyroid hormone; hyperPARAthyroidism is having too much parathyroid hormone, leading to high calcium levels, or hypercalcemia. ...Read more

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Dr. Susan Wingo
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Overactive Thyroid (Definition)

Hyperthyroidism, often called "overactive thyroid," is a condition where the thyroid secretes too much of the thyroid hormones. Common symptoms include heat intolerance, increased appetite, ...Read more


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Some confusion on hyperparathyroidism vs hyperthyroidism. What are symptoms and causes?

Some confusion on hyperparathyroidism vs hyperthyroidism. What are symptoms and causes?

Big difference: See prior answers re: hyperthyroidism. Hyperparathyroidism is entirely different disease.It's a hormonal disorder (with a feedback mechanism in the similar part of the brain); it is even located in thyroid gland (4 small glands). But it controls calcium/bone metabolism in the body. Suspicion is when serum calcium is high on a routine blood test (no sx usually); DX made by measuring parathormone. ...Read more

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When doctors check for hyperthyroidism do they also look for hyperparathyroidism too? Hunger, insomnia, stomach pain, cramps, high BP & HR, weightloss

When doctors check for hyperthyroidism do they also look for hyperparathyroidism too? Hunger, insomnia, stomach pain, cramps, high BP & HR, weightloss

Not usual: Thoigh names are close hey are different hormones and have very different actions and levels. It is not usual to check both at the same time. PTH has to be ordered. Your symptoms are not typical of hyperparathyroidism but a simple lab can be done. ...Read more

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What is the difference hyperthyroidism and goiter?

Thyroid disorders: Goiter simply means your thyroid is larger than normal. It tells you nothing about thyroid function. Most people with goiter have normal thyroid function, some are hypothyroid, some are hyperthyroid. Hyperthyroidism means overactive (high) thyroid levels, and typically requires treatment. ...Read more

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Whats the difference between hypo and hyperthyroidism in simple terms?

Whats the difference between hypo and hyperthyroidism in simple terms?

Too Little-Too much: Hypothyroidism the thyroid produces too little thyroid hormone. Unexplained weight gain, fatigue, facial puffiness, depression, cold intolerance, hair loss, dry skin and hair, heavy menstrual periods, etc. Hyperthyroidism the thyroid produces too much thyroid hormone. Sudden weight loss, increased temperature, increased heart rate, sweating, enlarged thyroid gland, sensitivity to heat, etc. ...Read more

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What is the difference between hyperthyroidism and thyroiditis.?

Latter to former: Thyroiditis is a general term applied to the condition whereby the thyroid gland is inflammed, usually by the body's own immune system. Such reaction can lead to transient rise in thyroid hormone levels causing hyperthyroidism followed by a state of low thyroid, also called hypothyroidism. Some individuals can have high thyroid output from the start and stay longer until an intervention is made. ...Read more

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Calcium in blood or its just hyperthyroid, what's he difference?

Calcium in blood or its just hyperthyroid, what's he difference?

Question not clear: Hyperthyroidism can cause mild high calcium levels in a small group of patients, because of increased extraction of calcium from the bones. Long standing untreated hyperthyroidism can cause bone thinning and increase the risk of fractures. ...Read more

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What's the difference between grave's disease and hyperthyroidism?

What's the difference between grave's disease and hyperthyroidism?

Graves' disease: Graves' disease is a type of hyperthyroidism, and it is typically an autoimmune process. Hyperthyroidism is simply the end result. There are other ways besides graves' disease that people can develop hyperthyroidism, including toxic nodules, certain medications and supplements, and temporary viral infections of the thyroid, among other causes. ...Read more

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What is the difference between hyperparathyroidism and hypoparathyroidism?

High and low calcium: Hypoparathyroidisim has low calcium and low PTH (hormone that controls calcium). Hyperparathyroidis, has high calcium and either high or (abnormally) normal pth. ...Read more

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What's the difference between thyroid storm and hyperthyroid?

What's the difference between thyroid storm and hyperthyroid?

Former an emergency!: Both reflect a state of high thyroid hormone levels, however, the former is considered an emergency with life threatning systemic changes namely altered mental state, agitation and sometimes fever. It typically results from untreated hyperthyroidism and is usually brought on by a stress such as trauma or infection. ...Read more

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What is the difference between hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism?

What is the difference between hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism?

Thyroid function: Hypothyroidism is related to burn out of the thyroid with low production of thyroid hormone. Hyperthyroidism is excess production of thyroid hormone. Both need to be investigated and treated as they are serious conditions. ...Read more

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Is shifting from amiodarone to dronedarone helpful to treat amiodarone induced hyperthyroidism (what are the difference in side effect between them?

Dronaderone : dronaderone has less thyroid and pulmonary toxicity than amiodarone as it's a different chemical structure within same class. But it has its on cautions -- mainly not to be used in patients with heart failure as it causes more flare-ups and hospitalizations so to speak. Consider a different anti arrhythmic drug altogether.... ...Read more

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Is there a way to tell difference between hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism without going to the doctors?

You can't: Hyperthyroidism is overactive thyroid, hypothyroidism is underactive thyroid. The symptoms are opposite each other, and are nonspecific. Most people who have symptoms that seem like they are thyroid related do not actually have thyroid disease when they are tested. The only way of being sure is to see a doctor and have a blood test (tsh, t4). ...Read more

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Just diagnosed with hyperthyroidism with TSH of 0.023 and now the TSH is 6.2. Is the difference a normal thing to happen? Do I have hyperthyroidism?

Something's wrong: With the lab tests or you don't really have hyperthyroidism. You may have had an episode of thyroiditis with a depressed tsh, which then became higher as your thyroid level dropped low. Otherwise, one of the lab tests doesn't make sense, and in that situation you always repeat the lab, plus draw other thyroid tests for confirmation. ...Read more

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What's the difference between hyperthyroidism and graves' disease?

Same but different: Hyperthyroidism has many causes, and grave's disease is one of them. Grave's disease is considered an autoimmune disorder . Eventually, many may end up with hypothyroidism. ...Read more

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Is there a difference between hyperthyroidism graves and thyrotoxicosis?

Is there a difference between hyperthyroidism graves and thyrotoxicosis?

Yes: Strictly speaking thyrotoxicosis is too much thyroid hormone in the blood due to any cause (including taking too much). Hyperthyroidism is a more specific term, implying too much thyroid hormone in the blood due to an overactive thyroid. Despite this distinction, most patients, and many doctors, use these terms interchangeably. Graves' is one specific cause of hyperthyroidism. ...Read more

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Dr. Brendan Stack Jr.
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Hyperparathyroidism (Definition)

A condition of having an overactive parathyroid gland, which results in higher levels of calcium in the blood, which may cause weakness, ...Read more


Dr. Susan Wingo
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Hyperthyroidism (Definition)

A medical condition that lowers the level of thyroid hormone to a point where the patient has a marked ...Read more