How does radiation increase my risk for hyperparathyroidism?

Exposure to ionizing radiation as can be seen with radiation therapy is a risk factor for primary hyperparathyroidism. The doses of radiation that cause hyperparathyroidism are much higher than those typically encountered in day to day life or with routine X-rays. Patients with radiation-induced hyperparathyroidism may have been exposed to radiation to the neck, chest, or head for another medical condition, such as lymphoma or breast cancer. Others may have been exposed to radioactive fallout from nuclear testing or a nuclear disaster. The doses of radiation associated with x-rays, CAT scans, and using devices such as cell phones, microwave ovens, etc. are too low to cause parathyroid disease.

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