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Dr. Brendan Stack Jr.
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Hypoparathyroidism (Overview)

The condition of having an underactive parathyroid gland, resulting of low levels of calcium in the blood.


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What causes hypoparathyroidism?

What causes hypoparathyroidism?

Many different cause: Underactivity of the parathyroid glands probably most commonly results from thyroid surgery or treatment which can damage the small imbedded glands. It is quite rare and the list of potential causes is very long. One should consider viral or autoimmune damage to the glands as well as many know genetic inborn error of metabolism. The opposite condition, hyperparathyroidism is more common. ...Read more

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Dr. Brendan Stack Jr.
96 doctors shared insights

Hypoparathyroidism (Overview)

The condition of having an underactive parathyroid gland, resulting of low levels of calcium in the blood.


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Symptoms of hypoparathyroidism include what changes in your body?

Symptoms of hypoparathyroidism include what changes in your body?

Hypoparathyroidism: Symptoms of hypoparathyroidism include: abndominal pain, brittle nails, dry skin and hair, muscle pain, cramps and spasm, seizures, tingling lips, fingers/toes, pain in the face legs and feet...See your doctor if you have these symptoms, you will need a blood check. ...Read more

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What are all the early symptoms and signs of hypoparathyroidism?

What are all the early symptoms and signs of hypoparathyroidism?

Hypoparathyroidism: Symptoms of hypoparathyroidism include: abdominal pain, brittle nails, dry skin/hair, muscle pain/cramps and spasm, seizures, tingling lips/fingers/toes, pain in the face/legs and feet, painful menstruation, delayed for absent tooth fomation, sedation...See your doctor if you have many of these symptoms, you will need a blood check. ...Read more

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I've been diagnosed with hypoparathyroidism yet have normal calcium levels, is this normal?

I've been diagnosed with hypoparathyroidism yet have normal calcium levels, is this normal?

Can be normal: It all depends on the severity of your parathyroid underactivity. Causes of hypoaparathyroidism can also be transient in nature. Make sure you get your magensium and vitamin d (both, 25 and 1, 25 vitamin d) levels checked and also to do 24 hr urine collection for calcium. Discuss this with your endocrinologist. ...Read more

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Question on high calcium levels. Is that the test for hypoparathyroidism?

Question on high calcium levels. Is that the test for hypoparathyroidism?

Wrong direction!: Testing calcium in the blood is helpful in evaluating parathyroid function but in the case of hypo (low) parathyroidism, one would expect calcium to be low or lower normal range, not high. The parathyroid gland puts out parathyroid hormone in an effort to help keep calcium levels in the bloodstream up, so when it's under active the calcium tends to fall. ...Read more

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Is calcitriol or paricalcitol better for treating hypoparathyroidism? Yes, hypo, not hyper.

Is calcitriol or paricalcitol better for treating hypoparathyroidism? Yes, hypo, not hyper.

Calcitriol: calcitriol is the active form of vitamin D used for treatment of hypocalcemia ( low calcium) associated with Hypoparathyroidism. Paraclcitriol is used for treatment of Hyperparathyroism associated with kidney failure. Very soon next year we may have a parathyroid hormone analauge to treat Hypoparathyroidism. ...Read more

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What is hypoparathyroidism? What's the treatment to this? How is it connected to hypokalemic periodic paralysis and renal disease? Please answer.

What is hypoparathyroidism? What's the treatment to this? How is it connected to hypokalemic periodic paralysis and renal disease? Please answer.

Low parathyroid horm: Parathyroid glands make a hormone that regulates calcium in the blood. Damage from thyroid surgery or autoimmune disease are main causes. Severe muscle spasm is the chief symptom. High doses of calcium & vit D+ magnesium, is the treatment. No hormone replacement is yet available. Not connected to periodic paralysis. Rx. can cause kidney stones and could lead to renal failure, not common. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of and treatments for hypoparathyroidism?

What are the symptoms of and treatments for hypoparathyroidism?

Hyporathyroidism: Symptoms of hypoparathyroidism include: abdominal pain, brittle nails, dry skin and hair, muscle pain, cramps and spasm, seizures, tingling lips, fingers/toes, pain in the face legs and feet...See your doctor if you have these symptoms, you will need a blood check. The treatment is to replace calcium with active vitamin d (calcitriol), calcium pills and regular vitamin d. ...Read more

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I have postsurgical hypoparathyroidism. Now On ca 3 tablets/day and calcitriol. Still experiencing numbness and fatigue. Any suggestions?

I have postsurgical hypoparathyroidism. Now  On ca 3 tablets/day and calcitriol. Still experiencing numbness and fatigue. Any suggestions?

Need more: Hi. I'm sorry for your situation. That's the one hormone deficiency in endocrinology we don't have hormone replacement for. Have your doctor check an ionized calcium. Could increase calcium and/or calcitriol. Want blood calcium to be at the low end of normal, because you'll lose a lot of calcium in your urine and we don't you to make kidney stones (most people say they're worse than numbness!). ...Read more

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What causes hypoparathyroidism?

Many different cause: Underactivity of the parathyroid glands probably most commonly results from thyroid surgery or treatment which can damage the small imbedded glands. It is quite rare and the list of potential causes is very long. One should consider viral or autoimmune damage to the glands as well as many know genetic inborn error of metabolism. The opposite condition, hyperparathyroidism is more common. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of hypoparathyroidism?

What are symptoms of hypoparathyroidism?

Hypoparathyroidism: Symptoms of hypoparathyroidism include: abdominal pain, brittle nails, dry skin and hair, muscle pain, cramps and spasm, seizures, tingling lips, fingers/toes, pain in the face legs and feet...See your doctor if you have these symptoms, you will need a blood check. ...Read more

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What causes you to get hypoparathyroidism?

What causes you to get hypoparathyroidism?

Causes hypopara: Most common cause is injury to the parathyroid glands from head/neck/thyroid surgery. Other causes include a familial disease called polyglandular autoimmune syndrome (pga 1). Digeorge syndrome is another genetic disease where you were born with no parathyroid glands. ...Read more

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What symptoms does hypoparathyroidism have?

What symptoms does hypoparathyroidism have?

See your MDget testd: HypoPTH can lead to low levels of calcium in the blood, often causing cramping and twitching of muscles or tetany (involuntary muscle contraction),& several other symptoms.it is also encountered a/f thyroid or parathyroid gland surgery,& can be caused by immune system-related damage & a number of rarer causes. The diagnosis is made w/ blood tests. Fatigue, headaches, bone pain & insomnia can occur ...Read more

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What?Happens when you have ?Hypoparathyroidism?

What?Happens when you have ?Hypoparathyroidism?

Hypopara: The effects of hypoparathyroidism can be short and long term. Short term would be numbness, muscle cramps, feeling weak or ill, problems with most activities of daily living. Long term would be abnormal calcifications and certain bone diseases resulting from decreased bone turn over. In all, hypoparathyroidism is a disease which has profound effects on quality of life. ...Read more

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What are some of the symptoms of hypoparathyroidism?

What are some of the symptoms of hypoparathyroidism?

Hypoparathyroidism: Symptoms of hypoparathyroidism include: abdominal pain, brittle nails, dry skin and hair, muscle pain, cramps and spasm, seizures, tingling lips, fingers/toes, pain in the face legs and feet...See your doctor if you have these symptoms, you will need a blood check. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms you get for hypoparathyroidism?

What are the symptoms you get for hypoparathyroidism?

Hyporathyroidism: Symptoms of hypoparathyroidism include: abdominal pain, brittle nails, dry skin and hair, muscle pain, cramps and spasm, seizures, tingling lips, fingers/toes, pain in the face legs and feet...See your doctor if you have these symptoms, you will need a blood check. ...Read more

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What are the later symptoms of advanced hypoparathyroidism?

What are the later symptoms of advanced hypoparathyroidism?

SeizuresRespArrythmi: Muscle Aches and cramps affecting face,legs,feet and abdomen Fatigue and weakness Headaches depression&mood swings Twitching and spasm of muscles more so around mouth,hands and arms Tingling in fingertips,toes&lips Painful Menstruation Patchy Hair Loss Memory Problem Headaches Bone pain Seizures Severe irregularities of heart rhythm Spasm of muscles of Upper and smaller airways&resp failure ...Read more

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Does hypoparathyroidism have you feeling week all the time.

Does hypoparathyroidism have you feeling week all the time.

It can: It can, if your calcium is not maintained in the normal range. Have it checked (calcium and ionized calcium) by your doctor and readjust medication if necessary. ...Read more

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Please explain what are some symptoms of hypoparathyroidism?

Please explain what are some symptoms of hypoparathyroidism?

Muscle cramps.: Hypoparathyroidism results in low blood calcium which can cause tingling and muscle cramps and, less frequently, seizures. It should be promptly treated. ...Read more