Author Archives: Brian Murphy, Ph.D.

How Hypoparathyroidism May Affect Your Heart

Hypoparathyroidism is characterized by low levels of calcium. Low calcium levels can lead to a number of symptoms and may have a negative effect on the heart, among other organs. What is hypoparathyroidism? Hypoparathyroidism is the result of the body producing too little parathyroid hormone (PTH). PTH helps to regulate the…

Hypoparathyroidism and Seizures

Up to 70% of patients with hypoparathyroidism experience seizures. Seizures can be life-altering for these patients but in many cases, they can be successfully controlled. What is hypoparathyroidism? Hypoparathyroidism is a rare disorder in which the body is not able to produce enough parathyroid hormone (PTH). The parathyroid glands…

FAQs about Hypoparathyroidism

Receiving a diagnosis of hypoparathyroidism can be difficult for you and your family, especially since information about the disease may be hard to find. Following are some frequently asked questions (FAQs) and answers about hypoparathyroidism. What is hypoparathyroidism? Hypoparathyroidism is a rare condition in which the levels of the…

FAQs About Natpara for Hypoparathyroidism

Natpara is the only approved treatment for patients with hypoparathyroidism. A U.S. recall related to problems with its packaging, which came in effect in September 2019, has led to continuing difficulties in obtaining the medication in the country. Natpara is marketed by Takeda Pharmaceuticals, and was developed by Shire, now part…

Hypoparathyroidism and Your Skin

People with hypoparathyroidism may have problems with their skin, in addition to the more serious muscular and nervous system symptoms of the disease. Here is information about how hypoparathyroidism can affect the skin, and possible treatments that may help. What is hypoparathyroidism? Hypoparathyroidism can have various causes. The most…

PTH Replacement Therapy for Hypoparathyroidism

Hypoparathyroidism is characterized by low levels of calcium, which results from lower-than-normal levels of parathryoid hormone (PTH) in the body. Some patients respond to treatment with supplements of active calcium and vitamin D, while for others, replacement of PTH can help to ease symptoms. What causes hyperparathyroidism?…

Raising Awareness About Hypoparathyroidism

Hypoparathyroidism is a rare disorder that is not very well known. Raising awareness about the disease can help to speed up diagnoses and research into better medical treatments as well as gain support. Below you will find more information on raising awareness about hypoparathyroidism and how you can help.