Most of the time a new diagnosis arises from a chance finding on a routine blood test ... the calcium is quite elevated
In a small proportion of cases the diagnosis is made from working backwards when a specific problem arises:
The symptoms of hyperparathyroidism can initially be very vague and therefore are not easily noticed early
Common symptoms include:
Charles Martell at about 22 years old. Original image from the Massachusetts General Hospital News, vol. 31, No. 9, November 1972.
An American ship Captain from Boston USA – one of the first well documented case studies of the events surrounding treatment of severe hyperparathyroidism.
Spence HM. The life and death of Captain Charles Martell and kidney stone disease. J Urol. 1984 Dec;132(6):1204-7. doi: 10.1016/s0022-5347(17)50098-1. PMID: 6389906.