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Is Your Surgeon Cheating During Your Parathyroid Operation?

Is Your Surgeon Cheating During Your Parathyroid Operation?

The internet is full of surgeons who claim to be experts at parathyroid surgery. But are they really doing expert work, or are they cheating and doing a simple operation that any joe-blow surgeon could do? Parathyroid surgery can be very tricky for a number of reasons.  First, there are four parathyroid glands and aContinue Reading

Sexual Dysfunction and Loss of Sexual Desire due to Hyperparathyroidism

Sexual Dysfunction and Loss of Sexual Desire due to Hyperparathyroidism

Sexual dysfunction and loss of sexual desire and interest in sex is common in patients with high blood calcium and hyperparathyroidism.  Both women and men have a nice benefit to their sex lives from parathyroid surgery and cure of the high blood calcium / hyperparathyroidism. We have known for years that people with primary hyperparathyroidismContinue Reading

Diagnosing Hyperparathyroidism: Top 10 Mistakes Doctors Make Diagnosing Parathyroid Problems.

Diagnosing Hyperparathyroidism: Top 10 Mistakes Doctors Make Diagnosing Parathyroid Problems.

Hyperparathyroidism should be easy to diagnose in about 95% of cases. Unfortunately many doctors and endocrinologists don’t have much experience diagnosing parathyroid problems and thus it takes too long and too many tests are performed.  How do we diagnose hyperparathyroidism when many doctors don’t know how? Parathyroid problems (hyperparathyroidism) affect about 1% of all womenContinue Reading

Don’t Break That Parathyroid Adenoma! The Parathyroid Tumor Will Grow Anywhere!

Don’t Break That Parathyroid Adenoma! The Parathyroid Tumor Will Grow Anywhere!

A broken parathyroid tumor can be a devastating complication of parathyroid surgery. Parathyroid tumor cells will grow almost anywhere, so they must not be broken during surgery! Parathyroid tumor implants are very hard to cure. Today’s story illustrates one of the most important rules of parathyroid surgery — “do not break the parathyroid adenoma; itContinue Reading

Parathyroid Adenomas Located in the Chest: No Worries, Chest Parathyroid Tumors can be Very Easy to Remove!

Parathyroid Adenomas Located in the Chest: No Worries, Chest Parathyroid Tumors can be Very Easy to Remove!

Parathyroid tumors located in the chest can almost always be removed via a small neck incision. Don’t split your sternum open to remove a parathyroid adenoma in your chest! Parathyroid glands are located in the chest in about 2% of all people. This is not a problem unless this parathyroid gland develops into a tumorContinue Reading

Normal Blood Calcium Levels – Adjusted for Patient’s Age

Normal Blood Calcium Levels – Adjusted for Patient’s Age

Blood calcium levels vary as we age, but labs don’t give normal calcium ranges according to age. The highest blood calcium levels are seen between the ages of 15 and 25.  Adults over 40 should not have calcium levels above 10.1 mg/dl. High blood calcium is never normal. Unfortunately, very few doctors understand that theContinue Reading

Hungry Bone Syndrome: Bad Symptoms of Low Blood Calcium.

Hungry Bone Syndrome: Bad Symptoms of Low Blood Calcium.

Hungry Bone Syndrome should really be called “Bad Doctor Syndrome” because it should almost never happen in patients with primary hyperparathyroidism. “Hungry Bone Syndrome” is almost always due to poor doctor management of calcium requirements after parathyroid surgery. Hungry Bone Syndrome is a term that refers to a patient who has such severe symptoms ofContinue Reading

Ectopic Parathyroid Adenoma High in the Neck (un-descended parathyroid adenoma)

Ectopic Parathyroid Adenoma High in the Neck (un-descended parathyroid adenoma)

Ectopic parathyroid glands occur in 5% of people, occasionally located high in the neck under the jaw (called an un-descended parathyroid gland). Inexperienced surgeons almost always overlook parathyroid adenomas when they are in uncommon or rare positions (ectopic parathyroids). Parathyroid glands are formed at the base of the brain while we are only 2 monthsContinue Reading

High Blood Calcium Risks: Far More Dangerous than High Cholesterol

High Blood Calcium Risks: Far More Dangerous than High Cholesterol

High cholesterol doubles your rate of heart disease and stroke, but did you know that high blood calcium is far more dangerous than high cholesterol? Hyperparathyroidism caries many significant health risks. High blood calcium levels are almost never normal and increases the chances of developing a number of other health problems and even early deathContinue Reading

Race Car Deaths: The Medical Causes of Racing Deaths with Examples and Resulting Race Car Improvements.

Race Car Deaths: The Medical Causes of Racing Deaths with Examples and Resulting Race Car Improvements.

Race car drivers die because of lethal injuries caused by 6 different mechanisms  which are examined here in detail. Much has been done, but much more must be done as most of racer deaths in the past few years are preventable with changes to track design. Today (October 9, 2014) I update this article becauseContinue Reading

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About Dr. James Norman

Dr. James Norman

James (Jim) Norman, MD, FACS, FACE, is recognized as one of the world's foremost expert on parathyroid disease and hyperparathyroidism and has treated far more parathyroid patients than any other doctor in the world. He is the founder of the Norman Parathyroid Center in Tampa, Florida, the world's leading center for the diagnosis and treatment of hyperparathyroidism. Dr Norman has made numerous contributions to to the understanding of parathyroid disease and is credited with dramatically changing the way parathyroid surgery is performed. He is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS) and also a Fellow of the American College of Endocrinology (FACE). He is recognized in the top 1% of all surgeons by US News and World Reports in addition to dozens of other awards and Best Surgeon accolades. He has published over 250 peer-reviewed journal articles. Dr Norman and his partners perform more than 3,600 parathyroid operations annually on patients from all over the world.

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