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The parathyroid glands are found behind the thyroid gland in the neck. They release parathyroid hormone, which helps control how much calcium is in the blood. When these glands do not make or release enough of the hormone, the level of calcium in the blood can drop. This can cause many problems. These include belly pain, muscle spasms, and numbness and tingling in your hands, feet, and around the mouth.
The most common cause of this illness is an injury to the parathyroid glands during surgery on the neck. It happens most often after surgery on the thyroid gland.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
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Current as of: March 31, 2020
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
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