Parathyroid disease

We specialize in the latest technologies to treat all parathyroid diseases that are proven to be effective. Our expert teams of world-class doctors will work together to ensure that you receive the best possible care from diagnosis through to treatment.

We offer treatments that can effectively manage the disease and help minimize any discomfort and pain. Our team will work with you to decide on the most appropriate treatment plan that will be tailored to you and your needs.

Hyperparathyroidism

Hyperparathyroidism is a condition where the parathyroid glands produce too much parathyroid hormone (PTH). High levels of PTH cause blood calcium levels increase (hypercalcemia) and bone density to decrease.

Depending on the extent of your hyperparathyroidism, you and your doctor may choose not to treat it at all. If you have no other symptoms that will improve with treatment and your kidneys are functioning well, your doctor may monitor your blood calcium levels and bone density periodically. If your calcium levels start to increase, or your bone density starts to decrease, you can opt to undergo surgery.

Hypoparathyroidism

Hypoparathyroidism develops when the parathyroid glands produce too little PTH and your blood calcium levels decrease (hypocalcemia) and blood phosphorus levels increase (hyperphosphatemia).

If your hypoparathyroidism is mild, you and your doctor may choose not to treat it. Instead your doctor can regularly monitor the levels or calcium and phosphorus in your blood. This will usually be once a month but may decrease overtime to once every six months. If your blood calcium levels start to decrease, or blood phosphorus levels increase, your doctor may advise treatment.

Hypoparathyroidism is usually a chronic disorder so treatment often is lifelong. Your doctor may suggest that you should consultant a dietitian who can advise changes to your diet so that it is high in calcium and low in phosphorus. Alternatively, there is a range of mediation that is useful in easing hypoparathyroidism symptoms and normalizes blood calcium and blood phosphorus levels.

These include:

  • Oral calcium supplements – to increase blood calcium levels
  • Vitamin D supplements – help your body absorb calcium and remove phosphorus
  • Magnesium supplements – to increase magnesium levels, low magnesium can cause hypoparathyroidism
  • Thiazide diuretics – to reduce the amount of calcium lost through urination

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Diagnostics

Diagnostics

Parathyroid conditions are often diagnosed with imaging scans, such as ultrasound and X-ray, and pathology tests such as blood, urine and bone mineral density tests, although your doctor may use other techniques to identify the problem. You may also have other additional tests to find out which treatments are likely to be most effective. Some of these tests are also used to assess how well your treatment is working.

Find your nearest GenesisCare center to find out what diagnostic tests and scans are available in your local area. Our expert team will support you throughout your treatment journey.

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