How does untreated primary hyperparathyroidism affect my health?

Untreated primary hyperparathyroidism can cause a number of health problems over the long term, such as kidney stones and osteoporosis (thinning or weakening of the bones), but most often does not lead to medical emergencies. Once you have been diagnosed with primary hyperparathyroidism, the decision for treatment should be made after careful consideration with the advice of your primary care physician, endocrinologist, and/or endocrine surgeon. Prior to an operation, a series of localizing tests (radiology tests to determine which gland(s) are abnormal) will likely be ordered. 

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Endocrine System

Your endocrine system works with your nervous system to control important bodily functions. The endocrine systems responsibilities include regulating growth, sexual development and function, metabolism and mood. The endocrine syst...

em also helps give your body the energy it needs to function properly. Endocrine glands secrete hormones into the bloodstream. Hormones are considered chemical messengers, coordinating your body by transferring information from one set of cells to another. Your endocrine system health can be affected by hormone imbalances resulting from impaired glands. A hormone imbalance can cause problems with bodily growth, sexual development, metabolism and other bodily functions. Endocrine system diseases or conditions include diabetes, growth disorders and osteoporosis.

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