Because PTH can raise calcium levels and lower
phosphorus levels, blood tests for calcium and phosphorus are often done at the
same time as a test for PTH.
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
high PTH level along with a high calcium level can cause problems such as
high blood pressure, kidney failure,
peptic ulcer disease,
cognitive changes, and problems with the balance of
water in the body. About half of all people who have high levels of PTH and
calcium in the blood need treatment to correct the abnormal levels. Further
testing, such as bone mineral density testing or 24-hour urine calcium testing,
may be needed to help make decisions about treatment.
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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