What’s going on behind the scenes?
Calcium level in the blood is regulated by parathyroid hormone, which is produced by the parathyroid glands. There are 4 distinct parathyroid glands located behind the thyroid gland. They are about the size of a grain of rice.
Sometimes, these glands grow abnormally and produce too much hormone, causing elevated calcium levels. The enlargement is usually not cancerous.
WIth untreated, prolonged hypercalcemia, the bones in your body will be depleted of its mineral supply and result in undue fractures.
How Tucson ENT can help
If you are found to have hypercalcemia, we will order appropriate testing to try and visualize the parathyroid glands by ultrasound, MRI, or nuclear scans. Collaboration with an endocrinologist helps as well.
Definitive treatment requires surgical removal of the abnormally large gland(s).
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