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Parathyroid Diseases

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Signs and Symptoms

The signs and symptoms of parathyroid disease are associated with the effects of a persistently high blood calcium level (hypercalcemia) or low calcium blood level (hypocalcemia). Some examples include:

High calcium:

  • Fatigue
  • Nausea, loss of appetite, abdominal pain
  • Excessive thirst
  • Excessive urination
  • Bone pain and fragile bones
  • Kidney stones (excess calcium in the urine can crystalize and form stones)
  • Constipation
  • Depression

Low calcium:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Muscle cramps
  • Tingling sensations, numbness in the fingers

Many individuals with parathyroid disease are diagnosed at an early stage with few or no symptoms, but others may experience moderate to severe symptoms before seeing a health care provider.

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