Diagnosis of Hypopara
How is hypoparathyroidism diagnosed?
Hypoparathyroidism is usually diagnosed via a simple calcium blood test. In hypoparathyroidism, your blood calcium level is low, your blood phosphate level is high, and your parathyroid hormone level is low.
Further blood tests may then be carried out to confirm this diagnosis such as :
A bone scan and a kidney scan should be requested at the first appointment
A 24 hour urine test shoud be ordered regularly. You will be given a container in which to collect your urine over a 24 hour period. This needs planning!
There are a number of things that your doctor may look for if hypoparathyroidism is suspected:
Genetic conditions can't be prevented but genetic testing is available in centres around the UK. Genetic counselling aims to help parents understand how the condition may affect their family and enable them to make informed decisions.
Other possible investigations
Your doctor may suggest some other tests to look for the cause of your hypoparathyroidism, for example: