What are parathyroid glands?
Parathyroid glands, located near the back of the thyroid gland, produce parathyroid hormones (PTH) and control the levels of calcium and phosphorus in the body.
What happens if a parathyroid gland becomes enlarged?
Parathyroid glands are very small, but they can become enlarged and produce too much PTH, leading to too much calcium in the blood. When a parathyroid gland becomes enlarged, it is called primary hyperparathyroidism.
How do I know if I have primary hyperparathyroidism?
Primary hyperparathyroidism doesn’t always show symptoms of itself, or if it does, they are very mild. To diagnose parathyroid problems, you’ll need to take a blood test. Elevated PTH, blood calcium, alkaline phosphatase, and low levels of phosphorus will indicate the condition to your doctor.
Where can I get a blood test?
Visit Hinckley ENT for a blood test and treatment if you think you may have a parathyroid problem.