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Hyperparathyroidism means that your parathyroid glands are too active. These are tiny glands in the neck. They sit behind the thyroid gland. They make a hormone that helps control how much calcium is in the blood. When these glands make too much hormone, the amount of calcium in the blood goes up.
Most people with this problem have no symptoms. But it can cause constipation, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, and depression. It also can lead to high blood pressure, ulcers, kidney stones, and weak bones.
This problem often is caused by a tumour on the parathyroid glands. The tumour usually is not cancer. You may need surgery to take out one or more of the glands.
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 advice line (811 in most provinces and territories) 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.
Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or nurse advice line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse advice line if:
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Current as of: March 1, 2023
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
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