DEAR DOCTOR K: A recent blood test showed that the calcium level in my blood is high. My levels of something called "PTH" are also high. Now my doctor has scheduled a parathyroid scan. Why? What does calcium have to do with the parathyroid?
DEAR READER: You have four parathyroid glands. These pea-sized glands sit on your thyroid gland, in the lower part of your neck. I've put an illustration of the parathyroid glands below. A hormone is a chemical made in one organ that enters the blood, travels throughout the body and affects how different parts of the body work. The parathyroid glands produce the parathyroid hormone (PTH).