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Hello. Fahr's Disease is a very rare disorder. The hallmark of this disease is bilateral symmetric calcifications of the basal ganglia, in the setting of normal calcium and phosphate levels in the blood, and no diseases of the parathyroid gland or kidneys that would cause an abnormally high levels of these minerals.
Fahr's disease is inherited, in an autosomal dominant pattern, so one of your parents should have calcification as well.
I currently have a thyroid disease, would that contribute to it?
hello. what type of thyroid disease?
I think my mother did
if you have parathyroid disease
you can have calcifications, but you do not have Fahr's disease
i had hyperthyroidism at first but then i had the IS131 (i think that's ehat it was called) and now I'm hypothyroid
Fahr's is calcification without any endocrine reason
well this is the thing
if you had hyperthyroidism, you probably had an autoimmune inflammatory process in your thyroid
and with that, you can have parathyroid disease
and that can alter your serum calcium and magnesium levels
also, I believe that treatment with I-131 can effect your parathyroid
ok, this info helps a lot
I am not sure of that, but I would ask to check your serum PTH
level, which is a marker for parathyroid function ok?
i will do that, thanks so much
Fahr's is a genetic disease
and you can be screened by a geneticist
I will get you a paper on that
my mother was never diagnosed with it but based on some of the symptoms, I thnk she may have had it...she too had a thyroid disease and died from complications of a stroke
that is a paper on the genetics of Fahr's disease
thank you so much
you are welcome
Dr Frank T