General information on Hypoparathyroidism
Hypoparathyroidism is a condition in which the parathyroid hormone is not present or only present in extremely low amounts. The parathyroid hormone is responsible for increasing the levels of calcium in the body. The absence of the parathyroid hormone can result in hypocalcemia. There are many different causes of hypoparathyroidism. The most common cause of hypoparathyroidism is the surgical removal of the parathyroid gland. In other cases, hypoparathyroidism is caused by an injury to the parathyroid gland, an auto-immune disease, or the hypoparathyroidism can be idiopathic. In many cases of hypoparathyroidism the affected cat adapts to the disorder over time and with medication. The disorder is most serious when it is first acquired.
Symptoms of Hypoparathyroidism
Some of the symptoms of hypoparathyroidism may be: low calcium levels in the blood, muscle tremors, stiff gait, lethargy, restlessness, facial rubbing, whiskers twitching, panting and increased breathing rate, nervousness, anorexia, fever, convulsions, and fever.
Treatments for Hypoparathyroidism
The treatment for hypoparathyroidism is calcium supplements. The calcium supplements may be given orally or intravenously. Vitamin D may also be given to increase calcium absorption.
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