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What causes elevated parathyroid levels?

Calcium level in the body is regulated by the parathyroid gland. Normally low calcium level in the body signals the gland to release parathyroid hormone(PTH) and once the calcium level is back to normal the gland stops releasing PTH. However, when a tumor or cancer arises from the parathyroid gland this auto-regulation is broken and PTH release is unchecked.

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Parathyroid gland

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