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Is it bad luck or bad genes that made me develop parathyroid tumor?

Is it bad luck or bad genes that made me develop parathyroid tumor?

Both: Some of parathyroid tumors have no genetic bearing then you can call it bad luck, others hane genetic link as in men syndromes. ...Read more

Dr. Alen Cohen
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Parathyroid Tumor (Definition)

There are 4 parathyroid glands. One each situated in upper and lower pole region of the thyroid. The glands which are soft and no larger than 3-4 mm are almost flat. The tumor is firm and round, and may expand the gland out. The tumors may or may not be symptomatic and based on overexpression of the parathyroid hormone. Should gland migrate say into mediastinum then imaging ...Read more


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What blood levels would be abnormal and what are common symptoms of a parathyroid tumor?

What blood levels would be abnormal and what are common symptoms of a parathyroid tumor?

High calcium: A parathyroid tumor can make too much parathyroid hormone, which will then elevate your calcium level. High calcium can lead to kidney stones, loss of bone (osteoporosis). Symptoms can include abdominal pain, constipation, fatigue, mood changes, confusion (if calcium becomes very high). In your age group, surgery to remove the parathyroid would be indicated. ...Read more

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Parathyroid tumor - if you had one removed, will you have to take meds like if you removed your thyroid?

Parathyroid tumor - if you had one removed, will you have to take meds like if you removed your thyroid?

No: Unlike the thyroid, people generally are born with 4 parathyroid glands. When one of them is removed, the other glands are still there to do the work. ...Read more

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Is it easy to feel a parathyroid tumor?

No: Parathyroid tumors are rarely palpable. The diagnosis of a parathyroid tumor is based initially on the presence of elevated calcium associated with high or high normal parathyroid hormone. ...Read more

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What are the tests for parathyroid tumor?

What are the tests for parathyroid tumor?

Blood: The diagnosis is made by a combination of elevated calcium and PTH (parathormone). These are blood tests. Sometimes vitamin d levels, phosphate and chloride levels are helpful. A twenty-four hour urine assay may be useful. Once the diagnosis is established you will probably have a sestamibi scan to localize the tumor and maybe an ultrasound or ct scan. ...Read more

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Parathyroid tumor symptoms would be what kinds of things?

Parathyroid tumor symptoms would be what kinds of things?

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 is the definition or description of: Parathyroid tumor?

Nodular lesion: There are 4 parathyroid glands. One each situated in upper and lower pole region of the thyroid. The glands which are soft and no larger than 3-4 mm are almost flat. The tumor is firm and round, and may expand the gland out. The tumors may or may not be symptomatic and based on overexpression of the parathyroid hormone. Should gland migrate say into mediastinum then imaging used to define . ...Read more

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What symptoms manifest after the formation of a parathyroid tumor?

What symptoms manifest after the formation of a parathyroid tumor?

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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Neoplasms (Definition)

"tumor" literally translates as "mass", so even a fresh bruise could be called a "tumor". Doctors use the term "neoplasm" (tranlates literally as new growth) to describe tumors that are abnormal growths of cells. These may be benign or malignant; "malignant" = cancer. In everyday usage, we use "tumor" ...Read more


Gene (Definition)

A hereditary unit consisting of a sequence of dna that occupies a specific location on a chromosome and determines a particular characteristic in an organism. Genes undergo mutation when their ...Read more