Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Hyper-parathyroidism causes calcium Kidney Stones.

Kidney stones are formed for several causes, previously I wrote about it a post, and how diet changes can prevent hypertension because sometimes hypertension is the cause of kidney stones. My Mom, who has kidney stones and had surgery two years ago to remove some kidney stones, was tested for PTH levels in blood run by my sister Dr. Alejandra Chavez Rubio to find the cause of these recurrent kidney stones. It turns out that the real reason why her kidney keeps forming kidney stones is because a she has hyper-parathyroid-ism, this is also known as parathyroid tumor a parathyroid adenoma, this is a benign form of a tumor, not carcinoma, apparently one of the four parathyroid glands is over-producing the PTH Para-thyroidal Hormone, who is in charge of regulating the calcium and phosphorus in the blood stream, this hormone gives the signal for the bones to start releasing calcium out of the bones into the blood. The high amounts of calcium in the blood is known as hypercalcemia, Calcium starts accumulating in the kidney, the amount is so high that the kidneys or kidney is unable to get rid of all this calcium through the urine, and starts building the Calcium Stones, in this case it could be Calcium Oxalate or Calcium Phosphate. Normal size Parathyroid glands are the size of a rice grain, but an over reactive parathyroid gland is the size of an olive, this is removed by surgery with a known neck and head surgeon. There is a fairly new technique known as MIVAT Minimally Invasive Video Assisted Thyroidectomy, in this case; parathyroid adenomectomy. So hopefully this can be helpful for people out there wondering what causes the kidney to form this life threatening condition. Remember this is only one cause of kidney stones formed, so make sure if you have had kidney stones before, to tell you doctor about this type of test, which is level of Parathyroid hormone in blood and check your calcium in blood. Hyperparathyroidism is a lethal condition, that sometimes people doesn't realize that you have it, some of the symptoms are Fatigue Depression Kidney stones Insomnia Short of breath May God bless you and heal you!

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