UW Health endocrine surgeons in Madison, Wisconsin, treat hyperparathryroidism.
The Parathyroid Glands
These four pea-sized glands that comprise the parathyroid are usually located next to the thyroid gland in the neck (see image at left).
Occasionally, a parathyroid gland can be found in other locations in the neck as well as in the upper chest. The parathyroid glands make parathyroid hormone (PTH), which controls the levels of calcium in the body.
In patients with hyperparathyroidism, one or more parathyroid glands become enlarged and make too much parathyroid hormone. This causes the levels of calcium to rise in the blood, which can weaken the bones and can lead to fractures. About 100,000 people in the U.S. develop hyperparathyroidism each year.
Treatments for hyperparathyroidism can involve medication or surgery, depending on the type of hyperparathyroidism.
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UW Health surgeons employ a variety of approaches to parathyroid surgery, catering their methods according to the patient's needs.
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