Parathyroid gland-Are you suffering from high calcium levels in blood?

Parathyroid glands are located behind the thyroid gland in the body. Not much was known about their function when they were discovered, and hence they were named parathyroid glands. Parathyroid glands control the calcium levels in our blood and bones. A parathyroid gland tumor is a parathyroid disease called Hyperparathyroidism.

About 1 in 100 men and 1 in 50 women (for women over 50) are likely to develop Hyperparathyroidism in their lifetime.

 

Hyperparathyroidism

Hyperparathyroidism is a disease which leads to high blood calcium levels in the body. There are four parathyroid glands and problems occur when one or more of them develop a tumor. These glands start releasing too much of the parathyroid hormone (PTH) into the bloodstream. When calcium levels are no longer monitored well, hyperparathyroidism. People suffering from parathyroid disorder have symptoms like tiredness, depression, kidney stones, high blood pressure, and recurrent headaches.

Hyperparathyroidism slowly deteriorates the life of people and if at all not treated will ultimately result in taking their lives. If you have hyperparathyroidism, the only cure for this disease is surgery, i.e. removing the tumor.

 

Treatment / Minimal invasive parathyroid surgery

 

Minimal invasive parathyroid surgery is the preferred way of surgery for parathyroid glands. This technique involves a smaller incision, less pain, and a lesser risk to the adjoining nerves of the neck. In the standard form of surgery, a bigger scar leads to problems like speaking, swallowing, breathing and reduced aesthetic appearance of the neck. Further, there is a greater risk of recurrent laryngeal nerves and shrunken parathyroid glands. With the Minimal Invasive Parathyroid Surgery, doctors do not have to hunt for the defective parathyroid gland in the entire neck as in the case of standard surgeries. They remove just the diseased gland and after a thorough examination, leaving the healthy glands behind. In addition, the invasive method requires minimal anesthesia and a maximum operative time of 20 minutes. The post-operative recovery is also speedy.

 

Wrap-up

 

If you feel you are at a risk of hyperparathyroidism, speak to your healthcare provider before the disease leads to other complications in the body.

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