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What is primary hyperparathyroidism?

Joane Goodroe
Nursing

Primary hyperparathyroidism is an enlargement of one or more of the parathyroid glands causes overproduction of the hormone resulting in high levels of calcium in the blood (called hypercalcemia), which can cause a variety of health problems.

“Hyperparathyroidism occurs when one (or more) of the four parathyroid glands grows into a tumor and behaves inappropriately by constantly making excess parathyroid hormone regardless of the level of calcium. In other words, one of the parathyroid glands has lost its control mechanism and continues to make large amounts of parathyroid hormone without paying attention to how high the blood calcium is. Thus, even when the calcium level is high--when the parathyroids should not be making any hormone at all--one of the glands keeps making hormone. Why? Because one of the parathyroid glands developed a benign tumor and lost its inhibitions and controls. Remember as you read about hyperparathyroidism on these pages, it is a hormone problem secreted by a benign parathyroid tumor.”

Please visit the following website for more information:http://parathyroid.com/parathyroid-disease.htm.

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