Parathyroid disorders lead to abnormal levels of calcium in the blood that can cause brittle bones, kidney stones, fatigue, weakness, and other problems.
Our experts are focused on making an accurate diagnosis through comprehensive testing and providing the best therapy options for each patient. Parathyroid glands are small glands of the endocrine system that are located behind the thyroid. There are four parathyroid glands which are normally about the size and shape of a grain of rice We diagnose parathyroid disorders through comprehensive testing that starts with a complete history and physical exam. Diagnosis of the type of hyperparathyroidism is based on blood work and other types of laboratory testing. Imaging tests are not used to diagnose parathyroid disorders, but may be ordered once the presence of a parathyroid disorder has been confirmed by lab tests
Primary hyperparathyroidism means that an individual has overactive parathyroid disease. This condition cannot be prevented.
Secondary hyperparathyroidism cannot be prevented unless one was able to prevent the cause of the primary hyperparathyroidism – something that is not usually possible. Chronic vitamin D deficiency will lead to secondary hyperparathyroidism, and this is obviously preventable if vitamin D nutrition is always adequate. In people with normal gastrointestinal function, nutritional D deficiency is always preventable.