It appears you have not yet Signed Up with our community. To Sign Up for free, please click here....



Osteoporosis Message Board
Post New Thread   Closed Thread
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 03-10-2008, 05:20 PM   #1
yef yef is offline
Junior Member
(female)
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Indianapolis, IN, USA
Posts: 44
yef HB User
Guidance for Elevated PTH Levels - What does this mean?

My mother (69 y/o) is currently having consistently elevated calcium levels. Her physician just ran a PTH and it was high - Intact-Parathyroid Hormone level of 98 pg/ml (reference range of 15-75).

I am a little confused what this all means. Her physician is talking about the possibility of surgery. She lives in Florida and I thought I remembered reading a post on this board about a surgeon in Florida who was highly regarded.

Any guidance with regard to what these test results mean or direction we should proceed would be greatly beneficial.

Thanks.

 
Sponsors Lightbulb
   
Old 03-10-2008, 05:40 PM   #2
Senior Veteran
(female)
 
DesertBloom's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: CA, USA
Posts: 1,484
DesertBloom HB UserDesertBloom HB User
Re: Guidance for Elevated PTH Levels - What does this mean?

Hi yef: It's good your mother has you to watch over things, you're a great daughter!! Do you know what your mothers calcium level is, and whether they did a ionized Ca (calcium) or total Ca test? Usually if you have high Ca they prefer the ionized test, but it might depend on the dr as well.

When both of these levels are high-consistently-usually after several readings, they lean towards a dx of hyperparathyroidism. Has she had a scan of her parathyroid? If not I would have that ordered before she considers surgery. There are quite a few problems one has to have before they will consider removing part or all of the parathyroid gland.

There is a thread on this site about a dr in Florida, but honestly I don't know if he is considered to be the best, if there is such a thing. If your mom could get to a hospital that does a sestimibi scan they could tell if there are any things growing on the gland or if it's malfunctioning.

I have hypercalcemia (of unknown origin) but my PTH is always normal, so they continue to rule out hyperparathyroid for that reason. Make sure she has an excellent dr in this area (Endo) before she proceeds and I hope they find out what's going on.

To find the thread for the Florida dr, type in hyperparathyroid in the search box above this post to the right. There are quite a few people who post here that have had surgery by this dr, so you could read their post's. This dr also has a website that you could read after you find the post's I'm referring to. The site does have a lot of good info, I just don't know much about his credentials. I'll let the others with first hand experience fill you in on what they think about this dr.

Good luck and keep us posted on this...

 
Sponsors Lightbulb
   
Closed Thread

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Board Replies Last Post
Scared,what does this mean??? WhenItRains Thyroid Disorders 4 04-21-2010 12:55 PM
what Elevated TPO AB means? vannasmoma Immune Disorders 7 10-14-2008 10:13 PM
Elevated Cortisol PRODGIRL Hormone Problems 10 05-23-2006 09:16 PM
Elevated ESR levels Butterflysnme Thyroid Disorders 7 01-15-2006 09:20 PM
what does slightly elevated caclium and albumin levels mean? Rorie Bone Disorders 1 03-27-2005 05:19 PM




Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off




Sign Up Today!

Ask our community of thousands of members your health questions, and learn from others experiences. Join the conversation!

I want my free account

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 07:10 AM.



Site owned and operated by HealthBoards.comô
Terms of Use © 1998-2014 HealthBoards.comô All rights reserved.
Do not copy or redistribute in any form!