Archive for May, 2011
Primary Hyperparathyroidism is much less common but much easier to explain. We will deal with that first.
Primary Hyperparathyroidism is usually due to an enlargement of one of the 4 parathyroid glands. This enlargement of the gland is benign (not malignant). The problem is that it produces too much parathyroid hormone (PTH).
Hyperparathyroidism is found in a surprising number of patients by testing for PTH level.
Primary Hyperparathyroidism remains rare. We have found 3 cases in 4 years. However, we are finding Secondary Hyperparathyroidism virtually every week. Last week we found 3 in one day.
Today we are offering free Osteoporosis Screening at a Health Fair. We are using Heel Ultrasound. This is good, but not as accurate a test as hip and spine DXA in predicting Osteoporosis and Fracture. Why is this a good idea? There are several reasons.