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Hyperparathyroidism in Children

  • Overview

    Hyperparathyroidism is a condition caused by overactive parathyroid glands. They produce high levels of parathyroid hormones, which, in turn, result in increased levels of calcium in the blood stream (hypercalcemia).

    • Hyperparathyroidism is quite rare in children.
    • Children with hyperparathyroidism may experience more severe symptoms than adults.
    • Research suggests that Vitamin D deficiency may contribute to hyperparathyroidism.

    At Boston Children's Hospital, we treat hyperparathyroidism in our General Endocrinology Program—a multi-disciplinary program dedicated to the treatment of a wide range of endocrinological disorders, including hyperparathyroidism.

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