Can Hyperparathyroidism Cause Hair Loss? Explained

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Hyperparathyroidism is a condition in which one or more of the parathyroid glands produces too much parathyroid hormone (PTH). This hormone helps regulate the levels of calcium and phosphorus in the body. When the levels of PTH are too high, it can cause a variety of health problems.

Can Hyperparathyroidism Cause Hair Loss?

Yes, hyperparathyroidism can cause hair loss. Hair loss is a common symptom of hyperparathyroidism, and it is caused by the excess levels of PTH in the body. PTH affects the hair follicles and can cause hair to become brittle, dry, and thin. It can also cause hair to fall out.

What Are the Other Symptoms of Hyperparathyroidism?

Hyperparathyroidism can cause a variety of symptoms, including:

  • Chronic fatigue
  • Body aches
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Bone pain
  • Memory loss
  • Poor concentration
  • Depression
  • Headaches
  • Loss of appetite
  • Increased thirst
  • Osteoporosis
  • Kidney stones
  • Hypertension
  • Cardiac arrhythmias
  • Kidney failure

What Causes Hyperparathyroidism?

The most common causes of hyperparathyroidism are:

  • A noncancerous growth on a single parathyroid gland, called an adenoma
  • Enlargement of two or more parathyroid glands, called hyperplasia
  • Pituitary adenoma

How Is Hyperparathyroidism Treated?

The most common treatment for hyperparathyroidism is surgery to remove the affected gland or glands. This is usually a straightforward procedure with a high success rate. In some cases, medication may be used to control the levels of PTH in the body.


Hyperparathyroidism can cause hair loss, but it is just one of many symptoms of the condition. If you are xperiencing hair loss along with other symptoms of hyperparathyroidism, it is important to talk to your doctor. They can perform tests to determine whether hyperparathyroidism is the underlying cause of your hair loss and other symptoms. If you are diagnosed with hyperparathyroidism, your doctor will work with you to develop a treatment plan that addresses all of your symptoms and helps manage the condition.

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Dr. Bilal Khan M.B.B.S. graduated from the Jinnah Sindh University in Karachi. He'll take the official medical licensing program in the US (USMLE) in September 2023. Bilal has a passion for research and has extensively fact-check and medically review articles under his name to make sure you have the most accurate information.