Hyperparathyroidism is an excess of parathyroid hormone in the bloodstream due to overactivity of one or more of the body’s four parathyroid glands. These glands are about the size of a grain of rice and are located in your neck.
The parathyroid glands produce parathyroid hormone, which helps maintain an appropriate balance of calcium in the bloodstream and in tissues that depend on calcium for proper functioning.
Two types of hyperparathyroidism exist. In primary hyperparathyroidism, an enlargement of one or more of the parathyroid glands causes overproduction of the hormone, resulting in high levels of calcium in the blood (hypercalcemia), which can cause a variety of health problems. Surgery is the most common treatment for primary hyperparathyroidism.
Secondary hyperparathyroidism occurs as a result of another disease that initially causes low levels of calcium in the body and over time, increased parathyroid hormone levels occur.
Personal experience to share:
Parathyroids – adenoma on the lower part; normal, upper part.
Parathyroid adenoma (left side)
Cut section of parathyroid adenoma.
Preparing for transplantation
Mincing of the parathyroid
Placement of the minced parathyroid in sternocleidomastoid bed.
Closure of the incision on the sternocleidomastoid.
Note: Above files (Sept. 27, 2012). Will try to retrieve more files and share.