How well your kidneys
work can affect how much PTH you have in your blood. For this reason, tests to
measure the amount of creatinine in the blood may be done at the same time as a
PTH test. For more information, see the topic
Creatinine and Creatinine Clearance.
parathyroid gland is often caused by a noncancerous (benign) tumor of the
parathyroid gland. Parathyroid tumors tend to grow slowly and may not cause any
symptoms for many years. Parathyroid tumors are more common after age 50 and
are often found with routine blood tests that are done for other reasons.
Treatment includes close observation, medicines, or surgery to remove the
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Manual of Laboratory and Diagnostic Tests, 8th ed.
Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins.
Pagana KD, Pagana TJ (2010). Mosby’s Manual of Diagnostic and Laboratory Tests, 4th ed. St. Louis: Mosby Elsevier.