The treatment of hyperparathyroidism – a disease in which overactive parathyroid glands result in irregular calcium levels – has come a long way in the past couple decades, says D. Curtis Coonce, MD, FACS, otolaryngologist at Saint Francis Medical Center.
“Hyperparathyroidism can have significant clinical effects, including accelerated osteoporosis, kidney stones, generalized fatigue, malaise and even psychological changes,” says Coonce, who recommends discussing these symptoms with your physician.
Fortunately, physicians are detecting hyperparathyroidism earlier and patients are recovering more quickly than ever before. Technological advancements such as nuclear medicine and ultrasound testing have reduced the risk to structures in the neck.
“We’ve refined the operation over the years so we can explore just one side of the neck and find the appropriate gland,”says Coonce. “There’s greater confidence at the time of surgery that we have cured them of the disease.”
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