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Hyperparathyroidism occurs when there is a high level of calcium in the bloodstream. This is caused by elevated levels of parathyroid hormone, or PTH. The body has four parathyroid glands which produce PTH and when one or more of these glands start to produce high levels of the hormone, the calcium in the bloodstream will increase. Northwestern Memorial Foundation strives to combat this disease and with your donation, can continue to find new ways to treat this condition.
There are two types of hyperparathyroidism. Primary hyperparathyroidism is classified as either an overgrowth of the gland or a tumor found on the gland. In some cases, the tumor could be cancerous. Secondary hyperparathyroidism is when the glands start to produce excessive levels of PTH due to a variety of conditions such as kidney failure, gastric bypass, calcium deficiency, or vitamin D deficiency.
Symptoms such as low energy, joint pain, constipation, muscle weakness, and excessive urination can be indicators of hyperparathyroidism. However, there are two main ways to detect this disease: testing the blood for high levels of calcium and PTH or an ultrasound of the neck a sestamibi scan (which uses a radioactive compound injected into the bloodstream) to detect an enlarged parathyroid gland.
The only known treatment for hyperparathyroidism is removing the infected glands. However, Northwestern Memorial Foundation continues to fund research and develop alternative ways of treating this disease without surgery. Donations made can help create new medicines that would lower the levels of PTH in the bloodstream, or decrease the size and production in enlarged glands.
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