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  • The Benefits of Local Anesthesia During Minimally Invasive Parathyroid Surgery
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Signs and Symptoms

 

System

Symptoms

 

Neuro-Psychiatric

Depression
Anxiety
Cognitive dysfunction(poor concentration)
"Fogginess"
Headache
Fatigue
Forgetfulness
Poor Sleep

 

Musculo-Skeletal

Bone Pain
Osteoporosis
Fractures
Muscle Weakness

 

Gastro-Intestinal

Constipation
Peptic Ulcer Disease 
Anorexia
Acute Pancreatitis
Abdominal Pain

 

Renal

Kidney Stones
Frequent Urination
Night time Urination 

 

Cardiac

High Blood Pressure 
Palpitations

Calcium is used by every cell and organ in the body to function; as such calcium imbalance can have a wide range of signs and symptoms.

The severity of symptoms does not go hand in hand with the level of rise in calcium. Some patients with slight elevation in calcium will have severe osteoporosis. Because the symptoms are so non-specific and the patients can have any combination of symptoms, they are not appropriately diagnosed as having a parathyroid disorder, and the patients go untreated. Interestingly enough even the patients who are without symptoms find that they feel much better after surgery.

In several medical studies it has been shown that 95% of patients state they feel better after surgery. As early as 72 hours after surgery, most patients feel an improvement in many of the symptoms. All patients with hyperparathyroidism will develop osteoporosis. Taking medications such as Fosamax or Actonel will not help bones that are less dense due to parathyroid disease. Long-standing elevation in calcium places a heavy burden on the body and has been proven to lead to a decreased life expectancy. Parathyroid disease only gets worse with time in everyone. It will continually change, and will not get better on its own.

If you are suffering from hyperparathyroidism or would like to know more schedule an appointment at the CENTER or call us at 310.933.4210310.933.4210 today!

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Chief of Head & Neck Surgery at Cedars-Sinai

Assistant Clinical Professor of Surgery at UCLA

By Babak Larian, MD FACS   Privacy Notice © 2013 Babak Larian, MD FACS. All Rights Reserved.    

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