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What are the tests for parathyroid tumor?

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Dr. Richard Orr
Surgery - Oncology
2 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Richard Orr
Dr. Richard Orr
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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Start with blood

A parathyroid tumor will announce itself as a high serum calcium on routine lab work with or without a neck mass that rises on swallowing.
Without, the high calcium will prompt imaging studies in search of neck or nearby mass. This will be excised. 1 in 1000 people needs a parathyroid tumor removed but the large majority are benign and many parathyroid cancers are cured by the surgery.

In brief: Start with blood

A parathyroid tumor will announce itself as a high serum calcium on routine lab work with or without a neck mass that rises on swallowing.
Without, the high calcium will prompt imaging studies in search of neck or nearby mass. This will be excised. 1 in 1000 people needs a parathyroid tumor removed but the large majority are benign and many parathyroid cancers are cured by the surgery.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Dr. Ed Friedlander
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