Thursday, October 31, 2013

Parathyroid glands producing to much PTH, Hypercalcemia and Kidney Stones.

Primary Hyper-parathyroid causes calcium Kidney Stones. My sweet Mom just underwent a Parathyroidectomy procedure of one single adenoma of one parathyroid gland which was 2000mg (2grams) instead of the regular size of a parathyroid gland which is 30-60 milligrams! (note: we have 4 parathyroid glands two in each side of our thyroid gland they are tiny like a grain of rice in normal size) I think is very important to share this info because the primary cause of concern and how my sister Doctor found this out, is because my Mom had chronic kidney stone formation, she had gone under surgery 3 times in the past 10 years to remove calcium kidney stones! It is not only the pain and suffering but the dangers of going so many times into surgery and the damage that this sickness causes. As I talk before about the parathyroid gland and its relation with the amount of calcium in blood, this glands job is to regulate the calcium in blood, this glands release PTH Paratohormon that gives the signal to our body to release calcium from the bones “into” blood stream, causing a condition known as Hypercalcemia meaning elevated calcium in blood, which causes the individuals to feel, tired, depresses, anxious, have muscle weakness, fatigue, aches, pains in bones and joints, nausea, constipation confusion or impaired thinking and memory loss, oliguria, need to urinate often. They may have trouble sleeping but have a feeling of wanting to sleep more and one of the worst is the kidney stones formations, leading to renal failure if left untreated. Primary Hyperparathyroidism is specifically when you are talking about only 1 of the 4 parathyroid glands is affected and is over productive adenoma. Is benign and now there is several minimal invasive techniques that can be done in a matter of 30 minutes like a video assisted or endoscopic Parathyroidectomy procedure. My Mom is getting better and we are praying that after this surgery, her kidney function can be restored little by little at least the one kidney she has left. If you or someone you know suffers from kidney stones let them know that it may be a glandular problem and ask their doctors to make test to find out if their levels of PTH or Calcium are above the normal levels.

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