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Doctor insights on: Parathyroid Troubles

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What are parathyroids?

What are parathyroids?

Endocrine glands: Two on each side in most people. They secrete PTH and control the blood calcium very accurately. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of parathyroid removal?

What are symptoms of parathyroid removal?

Parathyroid removal: In the hours after surgery you will have some symptoms but this should recover quickly.
The parathyroid removal could be one large parathyroid gland - there are four glands - and full recovery could be soon and simple.
If more than one gland is removed you will be properly treated to keep your PTH and calcium levels normal. ...Read more

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My parathyroid level is 134, is this dangerous?

My parathyroid level is 134, is this dangerous?

Depends on calcium: If the calcium is elevated or high normal and PTH is significantly elevated, primary hyperparathyroidism is most likely cause and would most likely be treated with surgery. If the calcium is low the most likely cause is vitamin d deficiency. ...Read more

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What are some symptoms of parathyroid malfunction?

What are some symptoms of parathyroid malfunction?

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 should I do if parathyroid is not working properly?

What should I do if parathyroid is not working properly?

Under or over-active: In what way is it not working properly?
What is your calcium and PTH level and what is your 24 hour urine calcium? ...Read more

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I need help! How do I know if I have parathyroid hyper or hypo?

I need help! How do I know if I have parathyroid hyper or hypo?

Easy to test for: Hi. The key things to test for are: blood calcium, blood phosphate, kidney function, vitamin D levels, PTH, and 24-hour urinary calcium. If your blood calcium, urinary calcium, & PTH are high, you have primary hyperparathyroidism (HPT). If blood calcium is low or normal and PTH is high, you have secondary HPT. If blood calcium and PTH are low, you have hypoparathyroidism. Kidney disease caveats. ...Read more

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Can sick parathyroids be fixed?

Can sick parathyroids be fixed?

Yes: Depends on what the problem is but the most common problem is overproduction of parathyroid hormone due to a growth. There are treatment options. Surgery will typically cure it. Otherwise, a pill can be used to control it if surgery is not an option. You can also inject alcohol into the gland to "ablate" it (not commonly done). ...Read more

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What's the thyroid vs. The parathyroid?

What's the thyroid vs. The parathyroid?

Anatomy: The thyroid gland is a major regulator of many functions of the body by producing thyroid hormones. It sits in the lower neck on both sides. The parathyroid glands regulate calcium metabolism. There are 4 of them and they lie behind (and often in contact with) the thyroid. ...Read more

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What are the risks benefits of parathyroid removal?

Limited risk: Benefits are return of an elevated calcium to normal, if the problems is a parathyroid adenoma. The only risks are problems w/surgery like bleeding, infection, etc. Which are generally small. Best surgery is endoscopic if it's available in your area. Occ calcium can drop suddenly after removal, but usually normalizes easily w/calcium and vitamin d. ...Read more

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What can I expect from a parathyroid removal surgery?

What can I expect from a parathyroid removal surgery?

You need to clarify: Are you asking what to expect in terms of the recovery period or pain associated with surgery? Or are you asking how you will feel differently after surgery. Unless there is reason to suspect that you have men you should only have one gland removed and then the iopth level will confirm that you are cured. ...Read more

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What is the surgery cure rate of parathyroid operation?

What is the surgery cure rate of parathyroid operation?

High: Assuming one parathyroid adenoma in the setting of primary hyperparathyroidism (one gland disease), the surgical cure rate can be as high as 95%. One gland disease is usually found in younger patients so younger patients will typically have a higher surgical success than older patients. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of removing the parathyroid?

None if 1 is taken.: If an abnormal parathyroid gland is removed there should be no side effects, if one normal gland is removed during thyroid surgery there also should be no side effects. If all 4 normal glands are removed a very low blood calcium will occur causing tingling and cramps and rarely seizures. This can be treated. ...Read more

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What happens after parathyroid surgery to keep you even?

What happens after parathyroid surgery to keep you even?

Other glands job: Most people have 4 parathyroid glands. In over 85% of cases of hyperparathyroidism, only one is englarged and problematic. So when removed the other 3 glands take over and maintain balance in your body. ...Read more

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Are there any relation between parathyroid and numbness?

Are there any relation between parathyroid and numbness?

Numbness: If your parathyroid levels are normal there should be no numbness. If you have numbness you should see a Neurologist.

You should probably not need more than 1000 or 2000 mg of vitamin D a day ...Read more

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What is the difference between parathyroid and the thyroid?

What is the difference between parathyroid and the thyroid?

Thyroid vs parathyro: The thyroid is a butterfly shaped gland at the front of the neck. It is involved with metabolism. The parathyroid glands just happen to live next to the thyroid. They are responsible for maintaining the proper calcium level in the blood. ...Read more

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What is the difference between the parathyroid and the thyroid?

What is the difference between the parathyroid and the thyroid?

Calcium/Metabolism: Parathyroid are a group of 4 endocrin glands located behind the Thyroid gland. Produces Hormone that controls the Calcium in our bodies. How much Calcium is in your bones and in Blood.
Thyroid is also an Endocrine Gland located in Neck and produces Thyroxin (T4) (Hormone) which controls Metabolism, growth and development and temperature. Thyroid also produces another hormone calledTriiodothyronine (T3) ...Read more

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What are the danger signs to look for after parathyroid removal surgery?

What are the danger signs to look for after parathyroid removal surgery?

Tingling on fingers: Most parathyroid surgeries are performed to removed a parathyroid adenoma, a benign tumor affecting one of the four parathyroid glands. The serum calcium is usually elevated preoperatively and returns to normal quickly after surgery. Sometimes it falls below the normal level causing temporary tingling in the hands and around lips. Oral calcium usually controls these symptoms. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about the difference between parathyroid and the thyroid?

Can you tell me about the difference between parathyroid and the thyroid?

Different hormones: Both glands are in the neck on both sides of the trachea. The larger thyroid gland produces thyroxin and is associated with recurrent laryngeal nerves which control vocal cords. The parathyroids are endocrine glands producing parathormone to control calcium serum levels. ...Read more

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What are the effects of hyposecretion and hypersecretion of the parathyroid?

Hypo and Hyper: Both items are not good.
Please go online and read the many articles for non-doctors that will help you understand the above.
Hypo is too low.
Hyper is too high. ...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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How does one function when parathyroid is removed? How will calcium be regulated?

How does one function when parathyroid is removed? How will calcium be regulated?

Remaining parathyroi: It sounds like you had a parathyroid adenoma removed because of hyperparathyroidism. Typically this is a problem of one parathyroid. You have 3 others that will function fine after removal of the overactive one. Calcium levels which were high, should return to normal and stay normal. ...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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Parathyroid 77 H (normal range 14-64), Fibrinogen 453 (normal range 175-425), what are the possible interpretations? How should one proceed?

Parathyroid 77 H (normal range 14-64), Fibrinogen 453 (normal range 175-425), what are the possible interpretations? How should one proceed?

May be normal!: Yes, those numbers are out of range but only mildly so. I would advise you to go back to your doctor and get a second result for the two items. It would not surprise me if the doctor told you the numbers were OK.
Please let me know how things went. ...Read more

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25 year old very sick female. Parathyroid tested to see if it was hyper- level is hypo. Never had surgery, what else could cause hypo parathyroid?

25 year old very sick female. Parathyroid tested to see if it was hyper- level is hypo. Never had surgery, what else could cause hypo parathyroid?

Blood calcium?: Hi. I understand your PTH is low. But what's your blood calcium? If your blood calcium is high and your PTH is low, we call that "suppressed"...HUGE difference between hypoparathyroidism and suppressed PTH! If your blood calcium is HIGH, that explains why you're sick. If so, get yourself to a good endocrinologist ASAP! If your calcium is LOW & your PTH is low, that's hypoparathyroidism. Good luck! ...Read more

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I have been referred to endo for suspected hypo parathyroidism dr done 3 blood tests over 4 months all concluded low cslcium vit d what will happen?

I have been referred to endo for suspected hypo parathyroidism dr done 3 blood tests over 4 months all concluded low cslcium vit d what will happen?

Low calcium ; vit D: You do not want the low calcium to continue as it could cause muscle twitching and possibly seizure. Low vit d has its side effects for bone and possibly for heart. It may well be that you have hypoparathyroidism. Your doc will probably give you vit d and calcium supplements as vit d increases calcium level. Treatment is usu with suppl including synthetic vit d preparations like calcitriol. ...Read more

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What are the parathyroid glands?

What are the parathyroid glands?

Parathyroid Glands: The parathyroid glands are 4 small groups of tissue that sit behind the thyroid gland. They make parathyroid hormone or PTH which is involved in calcium metabolism. Too much PTH causes the calcium level in the blood to go up. An overactive parathyroid gland is often diagnosed when a routine blood test shows a high calcium level. ...Read more