Workflows in Addressing Under-diagnosis of Hyperparathyroidism

In this follow-up to Update on Hyperparathyroidism Dr. Feibi Zheng discusses the clinical protocol and workflow protocol when diagnosing hyperparathyroidism in patients with hypercalcemia.

Needs Statement

Primary hyperparathyroidism (PHPT) is the most common cause of hypercalcemia in the outpatient setting. Patients with PHPT are at risk of fragility fractures, kidney stones, decline in kidney function, and neuropsychiatric symptoms. Failure to diagnose hyperparathyroidism is consistent across broad practice settings. However, many patients do not receive adequate workup, only 20-30% of patients with hypercalcemia are worked up for hyperparathyroidism. This talk reviews the diagnostic criteria and recognition, screening, test interpretation, and indications for referral for endocrinological evaluation and/or surgical indications for primary hyperparathyroidism.

Target Audience

Physicians, Nurses, and Other Healthcare Professionals

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, the participant will be able to:

  • Improve the rate of patients with incidental hypercalcemia who receive workup for hyperparathyroidism.
  • Outline clinical benefits of parathyroidectomy in patients with hyperparathyroidism.
Course summary
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  • 0.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 0.25 Participation
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Baylor College of Medicine designates this enduring material activity for a maximum of 0.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Available Credit

  • 0.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 0.25 Participation
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