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Why is hyperparathyroidism often overlooked as a cause of osteoporosis?

Joane Goodroe
Nursing

Hyperparathyroidism may be overlooked as a cause of osteoporosis because of constant changes in a patient's lab work. For example, a high calcium level is associated with hyperparathyroidism. However, the calcium level in the blood may be high one time it is checked and then be normal the next time even if the patient has a parathyroid tumor. For some patients with parathyroid tumors, their calcium level remains in a normal range. In these situations, the diagnosis of hyperparathyroidism may be missed.

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