New Study Indicates Slow Healing Bone Fractures could be Caused by Underlying Parathyroid Condition

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In response to a recent case study, expert parathyroid surgeon Babak Larian, MD, FACS explains the importance of checking for underlying parathyroid conditions in patients whose bone injuries are not healing properly.

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It is a big red flag when a patient, especially a young one, is not healing after a bone fracture. In a healthy patient, bone fractures should heal within a 3-month timeframe. If that is not happening, we need to check for a parathyroid condition.

A study published April 3rd in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism details the case of a 20-year-old man with primary hyperparathyroidism caused by an ectopic parathyroid adenoma and vitamin D deficiency. The young patient’s condition was discovered after a hip fracture did not heal within the typical timeframe.

“It is a big red flag when a patient, especially a young one, is not healing after a bone fracture. In a healthy patient, bone fractures should heal within a three-month timeframe. If that is not happening, we need to check for a parathyroid condition,” said Babak Larian, MD, FACS of the CENTER for Advanced Parathyroid Surgery in Los Angeles.

In the case of the 20-year-old man studied, he was found to have an ectopic parathyroid adenoma that was causing primary hyperparathyroidism and a vitamin D deficiency, which resulted in severe osteoporosis that prevented his hip fracture from healing. Unfortunately, the osteoporosis caused by hyperparathyroidism can progress rapidly, making it all the more important to have your parathyroid checked if you suspect a problem.

“It is rare to see such weakened bones in a young patient, but the parathyroid regulates calcium levels in the body and a tumor on a parathyroid gland will present a varying degree of symptoms from one patient to the next. If you think you have a fracture that is taking longer than it should to heal, see your doctor immediately for a parathyroid hormone test,” advised Dr. Larian.

When a person receives a diagnosis of a parathyroid condition or parathyroid tumor, surgery to remove the problematic gland is the only treatment option. Babak Larian, MD, FACS is an expert parathyroid surgeon who specializes in minimally invasive parathyroidectomies.

“Most patients experiencing symptoms from their parathyroid condition, like weakness, bone pain, and abdominal pain, experience a significant improvement in their symptoms immediately following parathyroid tumor removal. It is a minimally invasive procedure that can greatly improve a patient’s quality of life and prevent further bone damage,” said Dr. Larian.

Dr. Babak Larian, the Director of the CENTER for Advanced Parathyroid Surgery in Los Angeles, is a highly experienced and reputable board-certified head and neck surgeon. Dr. Larian is nationally renowned for his expertise in minimally invasive surgery techniques involving parathyroid disorders and is considered a pioneer in his field. Currently, Dr. Larian holds the prestigious honor of Chief of Head & Neck Surgery at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and Assistant Clinical Professor of Surgery at UCLA.

For additional information regarding Dr. Larian and the various services offered at the CENTER for Advanced Parathyroid surgery, please visit http://www.parathyroidmd.com or call 310-461-0300.

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