Parathyroid Hormone Intact (iPTH), EDTA Plasma
- Reporting Time:
- 6 Hrs
- Specimen Type:
- Home Collection:
- No special preparation required
To evaluate the function of parathyroid gland, to diagnose calcium imbalances in the body, to diagnose and differentiate hyperparathyroidism, to diagnose hypoparathyroidism, to confirm removal of the parathyroid gland during surgery which is the likely cause of hyperparathyroiddism.
When calcium levels in blood are low or high, prior to a surgery for hyperparathyroidism, to determine how well the parathyroid glands are functioning.
1. Can a person with abnormal parathyroid hormone levels be asymptomatic?
Yes, as calcium levels change slowly, a person may not have any symptoms. In such cases abnormal parathormone levels may be detected when serum calcium levels are tested.
2. What is the relation between vitamin D and PTH?
Vitamin D enables calcium absorption. Vitamin D regulates absorption of calcium from the intestine. Parathormone regulates vitamin D activation.
3. What is intraoperative PTH and when is it done?
Intraoperative PTH test is done while a person is undergoing surgery for parathyroid gland. A surgery is done to remove enlarged parathyroid gland(s) in cases of hyperparathyroidism, to ensure complete removal of the abnormal glands.