Tertiary hyperparathyroidism occurs more than primary or
secondary hyperparathyroidism but it is rare and is seen in patients with renal
disease and post kidney transplant. Because it is a rare problem, guidelines
for surgical treatment and prognosis have not been well repeated in the past.
This study establishes guidelines for parathyroid surgical intervention.
In a scholarly and systematic review, Dr. Michael Friedman
and associates studied outcomes of hundreds of patients with tertiary
hyperparathyroidism who underwent a parathyroidectomy (removal of the
parathyroid gland). Control of symptoms and hypercalcemia cure rates were as
high as 94% in many studies.
Continue reading Research leads to new surgical guidelines for parathyroidectomy.
The parathyroid glands are a small but mighty part of the
endocrine system that are very important to your health. Typical people have
four parathyroid glands, a pair on each side of the neck located behind the
thyroid. The glands produce a substance called PTH, or parathyroid hormone. PTH
is the most important regulator of blood calcium levels.
Continue reading Dude, where’s my parathyroid?
According to the American Cancer Society, it is estimated that in 2018, there will be about 53,990 new cases of thyroid cancer in the United States. Of those cases, 40,900 will be women and 13,090 men. Unfortunately, women have a higher risk of mortality with 1,100 cases of death and 960 for men. Continue reading Thyroid Cancer On The Rise
Any cancer survivor will tell you that cancer is no walk in the park.
Having survived cancer is something to celebrate and rejoice about. However it can take a while for cancer survivors to look in the mirror and start smiling again.
Patients with head and neck cancers face many challenges that can affect their quality of life. Many of the post surgical side-effects can result in speech dysfunction or facial disfigurement. In addition, organ-sparing chemo radiation treatments can result in difficulty in swallowing, dry mouth, and dental damage. Continue reading Life After Head and Neck Cancer
January is American Thyroid Awareness Month
Parathyroid glands are four pea-sized organs located in the neck near the thyroid gland. The parathyroid glands are responsible for producing PTH (parathyroid hormone). PTH helps the body utilize, keep and store calcium in the blood at normal levels. If the calcium levels in your body drop too low, your parathyroid glands secrete PTH. Continue reading ChicagoENT is Shedding Light to Parathyroid Disorders
Protect Yourself and Your Family.
According to the American Cancer Society, in 2016 there were about 62,450 new cases of thyroid cancer reported in the United States. More than 49,000 of the new cases were women. Women are more likely to have thyroid cancer than men. Thyroid cancer can occur in any age group, although it is much more common after the age of 30, and it increases significantly in older adults. Continue reading January is American Thyroid Awareness Month
Does a thyroid tumor affect my thyroid function?
Thyroid tumors almost never affect function. Patients with a thyroid nodule will usually have normal function. The nodule is something removed because of the risk of malignancy.
How is thyroid cancer treated?
Surgery is almost always curative. Chemotherapy and radiation therapy are rarely used. Continue reading Dr. Friedman Answers Your Most Frequently Asked Questions About Thyroid Cancer