New Study Shows How Hyperparathyroidism Affects People of Different Races

World-renowned parathyroid surgeon Babak Larian, MD, FACS, shares his expert opinion on the study and considers the best treatment available for the condition.

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One of the biggest problems facing individuals affected with hyperparathyroidism is receiving a diagnosis. Because so many of the symptoms mimic other conditions, it could take years before a parathyroid tumor is noted as the definitive reason.

Beverly Hills, CA (PRWEB) March 20, 2013

In a recent study published by the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, indications of the differing effects of hyperparathyroidism on varying races were examined. Babak Larian, MD, FACS, and highly regarded director of the CENTER for Advanced Head & Neck Surgery believes that the new information presented in the research could not only lead to better treatment, but also improved diagnoses of the condition.

“One of the biggest problems facing individuals affected with hyperparathyroidism is receiving a diagnosis. Because so many of the symptoms mimic other conditions, it could take years before a parathyroid tumor is noted as the definitive reason,” said Dr. Larian. “If we’re able to understand how the disease affects people of all races, then doctors will be able to better realize what they’re dealing with sooner.”

The study identified the number of cases of hyperparathyroidism per 100,000 people each year. Surprisingly enough, the disorder appeared highest among African Americans, followed by Caucasians, Asians, and Hispanics. Before the study took place, most surgeons and researchers believed that Caucasian women were at the highest risk for developing the disease, however as the study shows, African American women over the age of fifty are the most susceptible.

“I think the next step in the study is to further examine the long-term effects of high blood calcium on the different patient populations, if the time to diagnosis is different for the each population which impacts final outcomes, and ultimately what testing protocols should be put in place for each of the different populations to make sure the diagnosis is made earlier before this disease deeply and irreversibly affects the patient “ said Dr.Larian.

The parathyroid glands are responsible for monitoring an appropriate calcium level within the blood, which is maintained through parathyroid hormone. When too much parathyroid hormone is released, this results in a negative increase in calcium throughout the body that can lead to several debilitating symptoms and hyperparathyroidism. At the CENTER for Advanced Parathyroid Surgery in Los Angeles, Dr. Larian successfully cures hyperparathyroidism with minimally invasive parathyroid surgery.

“Because the most common cause of hyperparathyroidism is a benign tumor on one of the parathyroid glands, undergoing minimally invasive parathyroid surgery is the only way to successfully cure the condition. The procedure is extremely safe, and only takes around twenty to thirty minutes to complete,” said Dr. Larian.

Dr. Babak Larian is a board-certified diplomat of the American Board of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery, and a Fellow of both the American College of Surgeons and the American Head and Neck Society. He has considerable expertise in minimally invasive surgical approaches, image-guided surgery, as well as endoscopic laser surgery, which has made him one of the most sought-after physicians in the industry. Due to his unique knowledge and understanding relating to the thyroid, parotid, parathyroid, and salivary glands, Dr. Larian currently holds the prestigious position of Chief of Head & Neck Surgery at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles.

For additional information or to learn more about the procedures offered by Dr. Larian, please visit http://www.parathyroidMD.com or call (310) 461-0300.