Goiters are enlarged thyroid glands.
Some common parathyroid disorders include:
Hyperparathyroidism is an over activity of one or more of the parathyroid glands. This is a common disorder; however, if left untreated can lead to brittle bones that will easily fracture and/or break. Grave’s Disease is an outcome of untreated hyperthyroidism and this auto-immune disease affects more women than their male counterparts.
Hypothyroidism is basically when your blood will have an excess of phosphorous and not enough calcium. Treatment is usually a prescription that is designed to mimic natural hormones and to restore the balance between calcium and phosphorus.
Tumors are usually genetic and most are not cancerous.
How are thyroid and parathyroid disorders diagnosed?
Since many of the symptoms associated with these disorders are mild and non-characteristic – a full family history, physical exam, and blood work is the first place to start to properly diagnosing these disorders. Then an ultrasound of the neck may be ordered to identify any abnormalities.
Call our office today and make an appointment to have your thyroids checked.