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What are the symptoms of hypoparathyroidism?

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The symptoms of hypoparathyroidism can include:

  • Tingling in the lips, fingers, and toes
  • Dry hair, brittle nails, and dry, coarse skin
  • Muscle cramps and spasms (called tetany) which cause pain in the face, hands, legs, and feet
  • Cataracts on the eyes
  • Malformations of the teeth, including weakened tooth enamel and misshapen roots of the teeth
  • Loss of memory
  • Calcium deposits (calcifications) may form in the brain or kidney
  • Severe muscle spasms that may lead to convulsions
  • Muscle weakness and generalized fatigue

In some cases, seizures during infancy or childhood may be the first sign of hypoparathyroidism.1


  1. National Library of Medicine. (2010). Hypoparathyroidism. Retrieved June 20, 2012, from http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000385.htm [top]

Last Updated Date: 07/31/2013
Last Reviewed Date: 07/05/2013