What is the treatment of severe hypoparathyroidism in patients with hypocalcemia?

Updated: Aug 08, 2019
  • Author: Manish Suneja, MD, FASN, FACP; Chief Editor: Vecihi Batuman, MD, FASN  more...
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In patients with severe hypoparathyroidism, vitamin D treatment may be required; however, remember that PTH deficiency impairs the conversion of vitamin D to calcitriol. Therefore, the most efficient treatment is the addition of 0.5-2 mcg of calcitriol or 1-alpha-hydroxyvitamin D3. Parathyroidectomy (subtotal or total) may be indicated in certain patients with severe secondary hyperparathyroidism and renal osteodystrophy.


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