What are the symptoms of hypoparathyroidism?

People with hypoparathyroidism have low or undetectable levels of parathyroid hormone (PTH) and low levels of calcium in the blood. Chronic symptoms may include:1

  • Tingling in the lips, fingers, and toes
  • Muscle cramps and spasms (called tetany) that cause pain in the face, hands, legs, and feet
  • Muscle weakness and generalized fatigue
  • Problems with the teeth, including weakened enamel
  • Calcium deposits in the brain or kidney
  • Seizures
  • Cataracts
  • Increased risk of kidney problems


  1. Mannstadt, M., Bilezikian, J. P., Thakker, R. V., Hannan, F. M., Clarke, B. L., Rejnmark, L., et al. (2017). Hypoparathyroidism. Nature Reviews Disease Primers, 3, 17055. Retrieved May 24, 2019, from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28857066
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