Disorders of the Parathyroid Glands Increase Risk of Kidney Stones

All the organs in the body are associated with one another, which can increase the risk of certain diseases if one organ can not function properly. Recent studies have claimed that the parathyroid gland disorders associated with kidney stones.

Researchers from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), determined that hyperparathyroidism is a major cause of high blood pressure, which is responsible for increased levels of calcium in the body.

Body calcium deficiency can lead to osteoporosis and fractures, but when the body of excess calcium in the blood can also cause health problems such as kidney stones and renal dysfunction.

Kidney stones is a condition in which the kidney is formed as a rock hard mass that forms in the urinary tract and can cause pain, bleeding, infection or blockage of urine flow. Hard mass can occur due to high levels of minerals such as calcium in the blood that settles in the kidneys.

Parathyroid glands located in the neck, next to the thyroid gland, regulates the body's calcium levels. When the parathyroid glands are not able to function properly, it can cause an imbalance in the performance, for example by releasing calcium from bone into the blood stream.

Researchers analyzed a database of 3.5 million patients who have been treated at the hospital Kaiser Permanente Southern California. Data from laboratory results, the researchers identified 15,234 cases of patients who are known to have high levels of calcium in their blood.

Of these cases, about 87 percent were found to have hyperparathyroidism and has been at risk of developing kidney stones. The study was published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, as written Health India, Monday (02/25/2013).

"These findings indicate that hyperparathyroidism is the reason why a person's levels of calcium in the blood increases. So, if you find that the level of calcium in your blood is very high when a medical examination, have a parathyroid hormone level checks," said Michael W. Yeh, the leader of the study.