Parathyroid Disease (Hyperparathyroidism)

Parathyroid disease (hyperparathyroidism) is a condition that affects the parathyroid glands located in the neck. Parathyroid disease is not that uncommon but is not commonly diagnosed.

Primary Hyperparathyroidism is usually caused by a tumour developing in one of the four parathyroid glands, more than one gland can be affected but this rarer and tends to run in families.

The tumour causes the parathyroid gland to over secrete Parathyroid Hormone (PTH). The raised PTH level causes the bones to release too much calcium into the blood stream. It is the raised calcium level in the blood that usually leads to symptoms of parathyroid disease (tiredness, lethargy, aches and pains, abdominal cramps, problems concentrating, etc).

Hyperparathyroidism can almost always be cured by surgery. Results are excellent in experienced hands, with very little in the way of complications.