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Your doctor will ask you about unexplained twitching or spasms of muscles, dry skin, hair loss or yeast infections. In children, your doctor will ask about tooth development and about the timing of developmental milestones (ages at which your child first rolled over, sat up, crawled, walked and spoke).

If you are experiencing symptoms, your doctor will look for muscle spasms, particularly in your face and hands. Your doctor also will check for signs of dry skin, areas of thin hair and yeast infections. Your doctor will confirm a diagnosis of hypoparathyroidism with a blood test to measure your levels of parathyroid hormone, calcium and phosphorus.

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