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Thyroid Diseases

Active Parathyroid

08/26/2009

Question:

If the bloodwork is at normal levels, but there is high level of calcium in urine, would an active parathyroid cause other body organs to not function properly?

Answer:

If the calcium and parathyroid hormone levels in the blood are normal then there really should be no effect from the high urine calcium on the body's other organs. The high urine calcium might be a risk factor for kidney stones. The doctor will probably want to investigate for some diseases that can cause high calcium in the urine, but often it is either due to a high calcium diet or else we never really figure out why the calcium in the urine is high.

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Response by:

Thomas A Murphy, MD, FACP, FACE Thomas A Murphy, MD, FACP, FACE
Associate Professor of Medicine
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University