Parathyroid Diseases

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Parathyroid Diseases Treatment

Hyperparathyroidism is when the parathyroid glands secrete too much parathyroid hormone into the bloodstream. Parathyroid glands are located behind the thyroid and are about the size of a grain of rice

The parathyroid glands produce parathyroid hormone which helps maintain calcium balance in the bloodstream and in tissues

Two types of hyperparathyroidism exist- Primary and Secondary

In primary hyperparathyroidism, one or more of the parathyroid glands is enlarged and causes overproduction of the hormone. Surgery is the most common treatment for primary hyperparathyroidism

Secondary hyperparathyroidism occurs secondary to another disease that first causes low calcium levels in the body. Increased parathyroid hormone levels occur over time