The parathyroid glands are four small glands, situated in the neck near the thyroid gland. The parathyroid glands secrete hormones to regulate the calcium levels of the body.
Common symptoms of Hyperparathyroidism include:
A blood test will include measurement of the parathyroid hormone levels. The calcium and phosphate levels are also tested. Depending on the surgeon’s assessment, a special (MIBI) scan and/or an ultrasound examination of the neck is used to identify the location of the abnormal parathyroid glands.
Treatment of Hyperparathyroidism depends on the cause of the condition.
There are many potential risks involved in a parathyroidectomy surgery. It is important to realise that whilst some of these risks are serious, they are relatively rare.
As with any operation, there may be some bleeding from the site of the operation.