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Category Archives: Diagnosis

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

Parathyroid cancer? Parathyroid tumors aren’t cancer, but can act like it.

Parathyroid cancer? Parathyroid tumors aren’t cancer, but can act like it.

Parathyroid tumors may look benign (harmless) under a microscope, but they damage many organs in the body over time–making hyperparathyroidism act more like a cancer tumor. While parathyroid cancer is extremely rare, benign parathyroid tumors causing high blood calcium can mimic the effects of cancer. “It’s a benign parathyroid tumor. Why do we need toContinue Reading

High Calcium and Hyperparathyroidism During Pregnancy

High Calcium and Hyperparathyroidism During Pregnancy

High blood calcium during pregnancy can be very dangerous to the baby, resulting in miscarriage rates 5-10 times higher. Hyperparathyroidism during pregnancy usually demands a parathyroid operation to help prevent loss of the pregnancy. “My OB doctor is freaked out!”. Today we operated on a 30 year old female with a parathyroid tumor and highContinue 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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