Parathyroid Disease and Treatment
Do you suffer from kidney stones or unexplained bone and joint pain? Have you been diagnosed with osteoporosis or are you tired all the time? If so, you may have parathyroid disease.
The parathyroid glands are four pea-sized glands located on the thyroid gland in the neck. Though their names are similar, the thyroid and parathyroid glands are entirely different glands, each producing distinct hormones with specific functions.
Parathyroid Dysfunction Symptoms
The parathyroid glands secrete parathyroid hormone (PTH), a substance that helps maintain the correct balance of calcium and phosphorus in the body.
When too much PTH is secreted into your blood, it’s called hyperparathyroidism.
Symptoms of hyperparathyroidism include:
- Fragile bones (osteoporosis)
- Excessive urination
- Kidney stones
- Easily tired
- Bone and joint pain
- Depression or forgetfulness
If you have been diagnosed with primary hyperparathyroidism, you will likely need surgery and may need to have one or more parathyroid glands removed.
At Northwest ENT and Allergy Center, our preferred method of treatment is a direct parathyroidectomy of the offending gland/s -- determined pre-operatively by your doctor.
Parathyroid Surgery – Parathyroidectomy
Parathyroidectomy is surgery to remove one or more of the four parathyroid glands. Learn more by watching here: