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High Calcium, Enlarged Lymph Nodes, Low WBC

04/18/2011

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If calcium is high (11-12), but PTH is 7 (only one lab test of PTH), could there still be a possibility of parathyroid cancer? Is it possible infection could be causing additional symptoms of low WBC and enlarged lymph nodes, and the parathyroid the high calcium? Finally, is a test for PTHrp any more or less conclusive in detecting the existance of a tumor somewhere in the body than surgically taking a larger sample of one of the enlarged lymph nodes?

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