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Here are some facts of hPTH that you should know:

97% of Calcium deregulation due to hyperparathyroidism is caused by a benign tumor of the parathyroid gland(s).  This disease is usually sporadic (random), but there may be evidence that it is familial (runs in the family) possibly the Lilley side, but no evidence yet to rule out the Hubbell side. The general incidence is higher than one might expect: 1 in 80 pp, and 1 in 50 women over 50.  70% of people with the disease do not know they have it.  The presentation of symptoms varies widely among people and does not necessarily correspond to degree of calcium elevation.  Typical symptoms which begin as non-specific are usually later evident, but some symptoms are silent like: high blood pressure, atherosclerosis, coronary and cardiac heart disease, long-term calcification of arteries & organs (especially concomitant with high cholesterol), kidney disease, depression, etc. (Note: hPTH along with high cholesterol may be the cause of heart disease in our family.)

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