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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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