- Primary—a benign tumor of the parathyroid gland that makes too much PTH (most common form)
- Secondary—occurs in people with long-standing kidney failure or a vitamin D deficiency
- Tertiary—occurs in people with long-standing kidney failure and dialysis
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- Noncancerous tumor in the parathyroid gland—most common cause
- Familial hyperparathyroidism
- Multiple endocrine neoplasia (MEN)
- Parathyroid cancer—rare
- Vitamin D deficiency due to inadequate dietary intake, lack of sunlight exposure, or malabsorption condition like celiac disease
- Kidney failure or other medical problems that make the body resistant to the action of the parathyroid hormone
- Multiple endocrine neoplasia
- Having specific genetic factors that increase your risk
- Radiation therapy to the head or neck during childhood
- Blood tests
- Urine tests
- Technetium 99m sestamibi scan—a nuclear medicine test that uses safe nuclear molecules to make pictures of the parathyroid glands to help locate a single parathyroid adenoma in primary hyperparathyroidism
- If a growth is causing the problems, surgery may be done to remove the growth
- Hyperparthyroidism due to a vitamin D deficiency may be treated with medications
- Treating underlying causes
- Medication to manage possible side effects
Monitoring of Blood Calcium Levels
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Hormone Health Network—Endocrine Society http://www.hormone.org
Health Canada http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca
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- Update Date: 06/04/2013 -
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