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Treatment depends upon the severity and cause of the condition. If you have mildly increased calcium levels due to primary hyperparathyroidism and no symptoms, you may just need regular checkups with your doctor.
If symptoms are present or your calcium level is very high, surgery may be needed to remove the parathyroid gland that is overproducing the hormone.
Treatment of secondary hyperparathyroidism depends on the underlying cause.
For specific treatment information see:
The outlook depends on the specific type of hyperparathyroidism.
Complications may include:
Surgery for hyperparathyroidism may lead to low blood calcium levels, which causes tingling and muscle twitching. This requires immediate treatment.
Call for an appointment with your health care provider if you have symptoms of hyperparathyroidism.
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