High Pth Levels, High Calcium, Low Testosterone And A Dexa Revealing Osteoporosis. Now What?

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Asked by Steve

High Pth Levels, High Calcium, Low Testosterone And A Dexa Revealing Osteoporosis. Now What?

I have a High PTH level and High Calcium level in the blood. I had a DEXA scan which revealed that I have some Osteopenia and Osteoporosis. I also have a low testosterone level, less then 200. Do I have Hyperparathyroidism or something else? I had a Parathyroid scan which did not reveal any adenomas of the Parathyroid. Now what?

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Hi Steve: You don't say how high your intact PTH or CA is, but if it remains high and the sestamibi scan didn't show an adenoma, could you ask for a Parathyroid Ultrasound, it may show more? I know that some people with high PTH and high CA can get a false positive parathyroid scan, so maybe the Dr would agree to researching this further.

I'm not a Dr. but I think you should find out why your PTH & CA is high. Since it is high, it will affect your bones along with the low testosterone.

Are you seeing a specialist? If not, is your Dr well versed in mineral metabolism disorders and parathyroid?

I had a similar situation, but without the high PTH, and was always told if my PTH went up they would have to look further at all the test available to scan a parathroid gland (sestamibi and ultra sound).

Good luck and don't hestitate to re-post with additional questions.

Answered by Pam Flores