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Q&A with Dr. Jamie Mitchell, Medical Director and Senior Parathyroid Surgeon

Nov 30th 2022 by

The surgeons at the Norman Parathyroid Center are the most experienced parathyroid surgeons in the world, performing over ...

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Parathyroid Surgery And Recovery

Aug 1st 2022 by Dr. Kevin Parrack, MD, FACS

Last week we discussed what it means to have hyperactive parathyroid glands, this week we will discuss what to do about it...

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Diagnosing Parathyroid Disease

Jul 26th 2022 by Dr. Daniel Ruan, MD, FACS

Primary hyperparathyroidism (pHPT) is a destructive disease that causes osteoporosis, kidney damage, and it increases the ...

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An In-dePTH Look at Parathyroid Disease

Jul 12th 2022 by Dr. Lucas Watkins, MD, MBA, FACS

Parathyroid Gland Dysfunction  Last week, we discussed what our parathyroid glands do for us when they are working proper...

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What Do Our Parathyroid Glands Do?

Jul 6th 2022 by Dr. Jamie Mitchell, MD, FACS

Parathyroid Function: What Do Our Parathyroid Glands Do? What Are Our Parathyroid Glands? While most people have heard ...

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Top 5 Things to Know About Hypoparathyroidism

Jun 2nd 2022 by Dr. Daniel Ruan, MD, FACS

World Hypoparathyroidism Awareness Day, observed on June 1 each year, brings increased awareness of hypoparathyroidism and...

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The Unique Culture of the Hospital for Endocrine Surgery: Why the World's Best Surgeons All Work Together

Apr 25th 2022 by Dr. Tobias Carling MD, PhD, FACS

The best surgeons in the world all work together at the Hospital for Endocrine Surgery The Hospital for Endocrine Surgery...

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Secondary Hyperparathyroidism: What is it and How Is It Treated?

Mar 11th 2022 by Dr. Jamie Mitchell, MD, FACS

What is Secondary Hyperparathyroidism and How is it Treated? Introduction Over the years I have seen a fair amount of co...

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What is a Parathyroid Adenoma? Top 5 Questions About Parathyroid Tumors

Jan 2nd 2022 by Dr. Lucas Watkins, MD, MBA, FACS

A parathyroid adenoma is a growth in a parathyroid gland. The glands help regulate your body’s calcium level. Each gland s...

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Hyperparathyroidism Surgery: 5 things to know

Dec 9th 2021 by Dr. Kevin Parrack, MD, FACS

If you are reading this blog, it is likely that you or someone you love has been told they need hyperparathyroidism surger...

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What Should I expect with my incision? Top 5 Questions About Parathyroidectomy Scar

Nov 30th 2021 by Dr. Lucas Watkins, MD, MBA, FACS

Parathyroidectomy is the procedure to treat hyperparathyroidism, a condition in which there is an over production of parat...

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Top 5 Things to Know About Parathyroidectomy

Nov 17th 2021 by Dr. Daniel Ruan, MD, FACS

Parathyroid glands are tiny organs that reside deep in the neck that function as the master “thermostats” for calcium in t...

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The Top 5 Signs of Hyperparathyroidism

Nov 16th 2021 by Dr. Daniel Ruan, MD, FACS

Health care providers often attribute the very common signs of hyperparathyroidism to natural aging and other health issue...

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Top 4 Mistakes Made By Doctors When Diagnosing Hyperparathyroidism

Nov 8th 2021 by Dr. Jamie Mitchell, MD, FACS

Primary hyperparathyroidism is a disease where one or more of our four parathyroid glands becomes hyperactive. This result...

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5 Things to Know About Curing Hyperparathyroidism

Sep 17th 2021 by Dr. Lucas Watkins, MD, MBA, FACS

What is Hyperparathyroidism and Why Should I Cure it? Hyperparathyroidism is a 100% curable disease that is caused by ove...

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What is the Difference Between Thyroid and Parathyroid Glands?

Sep 17th 2021 by Dr. Jamie Mitchell, MD, FACS

When evaluating patients with thyroid and parathyroid gland problems over the years, I have heard the same comments from t...

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Subtotal Parathyroidectomy in 5 Questions

Aug 18th 2021 by Dr. Kevin Parrack, MD, FACS

Subtotal Parathyroidectomy in 5 questions; plus a bonus question you (probably) didn’t think of. A subtotal parathyroidec...

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High Calcium and Parathyroid Tumor Screening at Hospital Emergency Rooms

Jul 23rd 2021 by Dr. James Norman

Screening for High Calcium, Parathyroid Tumors, and Other Endocrine Tumors Begins at HCA Hospital Emergency Rooms In Asso...

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Amniotic Nerve Shield Decreases Vocal Cord Nerve Injury During Thyroid / Parathyroid Surgery

Jul 24th 2019 by Dr. James Norman

New method may improve nerve healing after thyroid surgery. "The Recurrent Laryngeal Nerve Shield is the most important d...

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High Blood Calcium Risks: Far More Dangerous than High Cholesterol

Jun 26th 2019 by Dr. James Norman

High cholesterol doubles your rate of heart disease and stroke, but did you know that high blood calcium is far more dange...

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Parathyroid Disease and Weight Gain with Hyperparathyroidism

May 31st 2019 by Dr. James Norman

Parathyroid disease and hyperparathyroidism are associated with weight gain.  The worries about gaining weight after para...

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Hyperparathyroidism in Teenagers (High Calcium in Teens)

May 9th 2019 by Dr. James Norman

Today's hyperparathyroidism case is quite sad and completely avoidable. Today we operated on a 15 year old high school fre...

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High Calcium and Hyperparathyroidism During Pregnancy

May 17th 2018 by Dr. James Norman

"My OB doctor is freaked out!". Today we operated on a 30 year old female with a parathyroid tumor and high blood calcium...

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FNA (Fine Needle Aspiration) Biopsy of Parathyroid Adenoma

May 16th 2018 by Dr. James Norman

Fine-needle aspiration (FNA) biopsy of parathyroid adenomas is a procedure we would love to see disappear! One of the para...

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Is Taking Calcium Every Day Dangerous?

Feb 6th 2018 by

The Risks and Benefits of Daily Calcium Supplementation. Is taking calcium every day dangerous?  For most people, taking ...

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Hyperparathyroidism in a Teenager: A Mom’s Story of How a Parathyroid Tumor Destroyed My Child

Dec 6th 2016 by Dr. James Norman

Primary hyperparathyroidism in children is rare, but when it occurs it can destroy a child’s life with kidney stones, depr...

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Venous Sampling for Parathyroid Tumors

Feb 7th 2016 by Dr. James Norman

<% content_for(:page_summary) do %> Parathyroid venous sampling is an expensive and dangerous test that probably should ne...

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Parathyroid Surgery Mistakes: Lessons Learned About Chosing a Parathyroid Surgeon

Apr 16th 2015 by

The last four years of my life have been miserable because of mistakes I made when choosing my parathyroid surgeon. I have...

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Finding a Parathyroid Surgeon: 5 Questions to Ask

Apr 9th 2015 by

Parathyroid surgery can be tricky, and when things don't go well, they can go quite badly. Here are the 5 most basic quest...

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The Making of Parathyroid Punk Music Video

Oct 9th 2014 by Dr. James Norman

Parathyroid Punk is a amazing music video who's purpose is to teach about hyperparathyroidism caused by a "punk" parathyro...

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Parathyroid Surgery for Medicare Patients in the US

Apr 12th 2014 by Dr. James Norman

Hyperparathyroidism (parathyroid disease) occurs most commonly at age 61, thus Medicare pays for thousands of parathyroid ...

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Canadian Patients Traveling to Florida for Parathyroid Surgery Continues to Increase.

Feb 24th 2014 by Dr. James Norman

Canadians with hyperparathyroidism claim expertise in parathyroid surgery and long wait times as the reasons for traveling...

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GERD Often Caused by High Blood Calcium and Hyperparathyroidism

Jan 15th 2014 by Alexander Stojadinovic, MD, FACS

GERD (Gastro-Esophageal-Reflux Disease) occurs in 65% of patients with primary hyperparathyroidism and high calcium. Remov...

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Chronic Fatigue, Depression, Anxiety, and High Blood Calcium: Warnings and Advice From a Psychiatrist

Dec 22nd 2013 by Sarah Keiser, MD

Chronic fatigue, depression, anxiety, sleep problems, and even fibromyalgia are misdiagnosed in patients who have high blo...

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Intra-Operative PTH Assay: Exposing the Problems with Measuring PTH in the Operating Room.

Nov 24th 2013 by Dr. James Norman

Measuring parathyroid hormone (PTH) in the operating room has some theoretical benefits, but in real life, the intra-opera...

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Failed Parathyroid Surgery: Yesterday's Three Unsuccessful Parathyroid Cases.

Nov 13th 2013 by Dr. James Norman

Parathyroid surgery can be tricky which is why all your doctors will tell you "get the most experienced parathyroid surgeo...

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What is hyperparathyroidism? Look at how the word is spreading!

Nov 1st 2013 by

What is hyperparathyroidism? How are we getting the word out? Hyperparathyroidism is a disease that is dramatically under-...

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Nerve Damage During Parathyroid Surgery Increases with Nerve Monitoring

Oct 25th 2013 by Dr. James Norman

Thyroid and parathyroid surgeons have been told that monitoring vocal cord laryngeal nerves during surgery may decrease th...

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Doctor With Hyperparathyroidism: Parathyroid Surgery Saved Me

Oct 12th 2013 by Dr. James Norman

<% content_for(:page_summary) do %> Hyperparathyroidism sneaked up on me. I was feeling tired and old. I'm a family practi...

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A Parathyroid Nurse's Experiences with Hyperparathyoidism

Oct 2nd 2013 by

I'm a nurse; a parathyroid nurse.  I've taken care of thousands of patients with primary hyperparathyroidism over the year...

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Is Your Surgeon Cheating During Your Parathyroid Operation?

Sep 20th 2013 by Dr. James Norman

<% content_for(:page_summary) do %> The internet is full of surgeons who claim to be experts at parathyroid surgery. But a...

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An Endocrinologist's Perspective on Hyperparathyroidism

Sep 18th 2013 by Lee Metchick, MD

<% content_for(:page_summary) do %> As an endocrinologist, nearly 95% of my patients are referred from primary care physic...

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Sexual Dysfunction and Loss of Sexual Desire due to Hyperparathyroidism

Sep 11th 2013 by Dr. James Norman

Sexual dysfunction and loss of sexual desire and interest in sex is common in patients with high blood calcium and hyperpa...

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Parathyroid Hormone (PTH) Levels: Why are mine all over the map?

Aug 28th 2013 by

Parathyroid hormone (PTH) levels are typically steady and constant in the patient with normal parathyroid glands, but a pa...

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Top 10 Mistakes Doctors Make Diagnosing Parathyroid Problems

Aug 25th 2013 by Dr. James Norman

Hyperparathyroidism should be easy to diagnose in about 95% of cases. Unfortunately many doctors and endocrinologists don'...

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Don't Break That Parathyroid Adenoma!

Aug 14th 2013 by Dr. James Norman

A broken parathyroid tumor can be a devastating complication of parathyroid surgery. Parathyroid tumor cells will grow alm...

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Parathyroid Adenomas Located in the Chest

Aug 4th 2013 by Dr. James Norman

Parathyroid tumors located in the chest can almost always be removed via a small neck incision. Don't split your sternum o...

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Parathyroid drugs? There aren't any parathyroid drugs!

Jul 23rd 2013 by

Parathyroid disease has only one cure: Surgery. Parathyroid drugs don't exist. There are just medicines directed at the sy...

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Normal Blood Calcium Levels Adjusted for Patient's Age

Jul 11th 2013 by Dr. James Norman

Blood calcium levels vary as we age, but labs don't give normal calcium ranges according to age. The highest blood calcium...

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Ectopic Parathyroid Adenoma High in the Neck

Jul 3rd 2013 by Dr. James Norman

<% content_for(:page_summary) do %> Ectopic parathyroid glands occur in 5% of people, occasionally located high in the nec...

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The Medical Causes of Racing Deaths with Examples

Jun 23rd 2013 by Dr. James Norman

Race car drivers die because of lethal injuries caused by 6 different mechanisms  which are examined here in detail. Much ...

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Parathyroid cancer?

Jun 21st 2013 by

Parathyroid tumors may look benign (harmless) under a microscope, but they damage many organs in the body over time-making...

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Hyperparathyroid Symptoms From Small Parathyroid Cysts

Jun 17th 2013 by Dr. James Norman

Parathyroid cysts are uncommon, but can cause lots of symptoms of hyperparathyroidism sometimes, and no symptoms at all at...

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Why All Four Parathyroid Glands Should Be Examined

Jun 8th 2013 by Dr. James Norman

Because 30% of people with hyperparathyroidism will have more than one parathyroid tumor, the most successful parathyroid ...

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Parathyroid symptoms: your brain on too much calcium!

Jun 7th 2013 by

Parathyroid symptoms can vary, but almost everybody will have them. Fatigue is by far the most common of all symptoms. Let...

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High Blood Calcium: How Long, not How High!

Jun 5th 2013 by

High blood calcium is almost never normal, and it makes people feel miserable! It is the duration of high calcium, not the...

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Kidney Failure Due to Hyperparathyroidism

May 30th 2013 by Dr. James Norman

High blood calcium over a number of years can cause kidney failure (renal failure). Nephrocalcinosis (calcification of the...

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Depression, Fatigue & Hyperparathyroidism

May 24th 2013 by Dr. James Norman

<% content_for(:page_summary) do %> High blood calcium almost always makes people feel bad. Sometimes it make them fatigue...

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Atrial Fibrillation & Hyperparathyroidism

May 21st 2013 by Dr. James Norman

Atrial fibrillation (A-fib) is the most common cardiac arrhythmia (irregular heart beat) and high blood calcium due to pri...

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The Parathyroid Blog has Begun!

May 9th 2013 by Dr. James Norman

<% content_for(:page_summary) do %> The Hyperparathyroidism Blog Has Begun! Interesting and compelling stories from the pa...

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