Author Archives: Forest Ray PhD

PTH Levels in Children Soon After Surgery Show Risk of Hypocalcemia

Assessing parathyroid hormone (PTH) levels in children after surgery to remove the thyroid gland, and beginning preventive therapy to those at high risk of hypocalcemia, increased safety and shorted their hospital stay, a study reported. Hypocalcemia, or potentially harmful low calcium levels, is a frequent complication of surgery to remove…

Study Points to Risk Factors for Post-surgery Hypoparathyroidism

Being female, thyroid size, and having to undergo a second surgery are associated with the occurrence of short-term hypoparathyroidism following removal of the thyroid, according to a recent study. Risk factors for long-term hypoparathyroidism, the study also found, include thyroid size and low levels of the parathyroid hormone (PTH)…

Permanent Hypoparathyroidism Can Take Year or More To Be Evident

Recovery of parathyroid function can take more than a year after thyroid gland removal, suggesting that longer follow-up periods could be needed to accurately diagnose permanent hypoparathyroidism, a study reported. Its researchers followed patients who didn’t quickly recover for an average of 28 months after surgery in making a determination.

Encaleret for Rare ADH1 Gets FDA Fast Track Designation

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has granted fast track designation to encaleret, an investigational therapy for autosomal dominant hypocalcemia type 1, called ADH1, a rare genetic form of hypoparathyroidism. Encaleret is designed to help normalize the calcium levels of ADH1 patients by blocking the calcium-sensing receptor…

Low Calcium May Cause Stridor Following Thyroid Surgery

Low calcium should be considered as a cause for stridor — a harsh vibrating sound made while breathing — in patients who recently had their thyroid removed. Preserving blood supply to the thyroid’s neighboring parathyroid glands after thyroid removal surgery, called a thyroidectomy, can prevent cases of postoperative hypoparathyroidism,…