How common is hyperparathyroidism?
Hyperparathyroidism is diagnosed in about one of every 1000 men and two to three of every 1000 women.
Author: Idan Ben-Barak
First answered: 14 Jul 2015
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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Hyperparathyroidism is a set of symptoms that occur as a result of an overactive parathyroid gland that secretes more parathyroid hormone into your body than is healthy.
The symptoms of hyperparathyroidism are not easy to detect. Many people with high parathyroid hormone levels show no symptoms at all, or only mild ones, for a long time. If symptoms occur, they can include: kidney stones; bone, joint and muscle …
The most common cause of hyperparathyroidism is a benign (non-cancerous) tumor called an adenoma. Ademonas can affect one or more parathyroid glands, causing the glands to secrete too much parathyroid hormone.
Risk factors for developing hyperparathyroidism include: being female (women are twice as likely as men to have hyperparathyroidism); older age (over 50 years); being postmenopausal; kidney problems, and; a family history of hyperparathyroidism - in …
Hyperparathyroidism is diagnosed based on blood test results and symptoms. Because it often shows no symptoms, hyperparathyroidism is most often first suspected after getting the results of blood tests that are taken for other purposes.
Surgical removal of the parathyroid gland (parathyroidectomy) is the most effective treatment for hyperparathyroidism.
There is not much you can do to prevent hyperparathyroidism, other than being vigilant to the appearance of symptoms. People who are at risk, or have already been diagnosed with mild hyperparathyroidism with no symptoms, can make sure they get enough …
With treatment, hyperparathyroidism can be successfully cured. The health of bones can improve and the risk of future fractures decreases, but the rate of improvement depends on your age and other medical conditions.