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June 17, 2013

Hypoparathyroidism – New Insights in Patient Conditions


The parathyroid glands, located in the back of the neck, secrete parathyroid hormone which controls calcium, phosphorous and vitamin D in the blood and in your bones. In hypoparathyroidism not enough hormone is produced, causing calcium levels to drop and phosphorous levels to rise. People who have this relatively rare condition are treated with hormone supplements but a new study has shed light on their daily health, which can be problematic. A collaborative study presented at the meeting of the Endocrine Society in San Francisco showed that many of these patients suffer from a range of other health problems. In a survey of 374 patients, more than half reported fatigue, muscle pain or cramping, mental lethargy, inability to concentrate, memory loss, sleep issues, anxiety and emotional disturbances. Some have acute symptoms requiring hospital stays or emergency room visits. The findings will be considered as researchers look for new treatments. Mayo Clinic endocrinologist Bart Clarke, M.D., talked about the survey findings.

Tags: Bart Clarke, endocrinology, Findings, News, Progress Updates

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