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By Anonymous November 7, 2015 - 5:04pm
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high blood calcium caused by parathyroid putting out too much PTH. Everyone seems to think surgery is the answer. I don't want surgery. It is only treating the effect. What is the cause? That is what needs to be answered. There is no doctor that deals precisely with parathyroid in my area.

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Hello and welcome to EmpowHer,
First of all, if the parathyroid gland is producing too much PTH it means you have Hyperparathyroidism. It can occur for many different reasons. There is primary and secondary Hyperparathyroidism. Primary hyperparathyroidism is caused by:
-A noncancerous growth (adenoma) on a gland.
-Enlargement (hyperplasia) of two or more parathyroid glands
-A cancerous (malignant) tumor (very rare)
Secondary Hyperparathyroidism is caused by:
-Kidney failure
-severe calcium deficiency
-severe vitamin D deficiency

You definitely should ask your doctor what caused your hyperthyroidism. The cause will help you decide for yourself if surgery is really necessary or if there is another method of treatment that will work.
Let us know if you have any more questions.

November 7, 2015 - 11:53pm
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