from the Experts at the Norman Parathyroid Center
Interesting stories of hyperparathyroidism we see every day. Parathyroid blog published bi-weekly.
Parathyroid hormone (PTH) levels are typically steady and constant in the patient with normal parathyroid glands, but a parathyroid tumor can make PTH levels jump around in a chaotic, disorderly fashion. This PTH variability routinely confuses doctors and patients. Problems with parathyroid hormone levels that jump up and down cause a delay in the diagnosisContinue Reading
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
Parathyroid disease has only one cure: Surgery. Parathyroid drugs don’t exist. There are just medicines directed at the symptoms. Take a drug for your hyperparathyroidism and be disappointed! June is 74 years old, and she recently discovered that she has a parathyroid tumor (hyperparathyroidism). The cure is surgery, but that has not been recommended toContinue Reading
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
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
Parathyroid cysts are uncommon, but can cause lots of symptoms of hyperparathyroidism sometimes, and no symptoms at all at other times. Cysts are fluid-filled sacks. Parathyroid cysts, therefore, are fluid-filled sacks that are growing out of one of the parathyroid glands. Parathyroid cysts are rare, occurring in about 1 out of 200 parathyroid operations forContinue Reading
Parathyroid symptoms can vary, but almost everybody will have them. Fatigue is by far the most common of all symptoms. Let’s look at Crabby Abby! Crabby Abby will forever live in my mind, because she described parathyroid symptoms and the effects of high calcium on your brain better than any patient ever. If somebody saysContinue Reading
High blood calcium is almost never normal, and it makes people feel miserable! It is the duration of high calcium, not the actual number! Lisa is a 57-year-old lady from Ohio with primary hyperparathyroidism. She has seen her primary care doctor for several years and is always noted to have high blood calcium levels, butContinue Reading
High blood calcium over a number of years can cause kidney failure (renal failure). Nephrocalcinosis (calcification of the kidney) is a completely avoidable complication of hyperparathyroidism. Kidney failure due to high blood calcium is less common than kidney stones, but the consequences are far more severe. Kidney stones are a well known complication of highContinue Reading
High blood calcium almost always makes people feel bad. Sometimes it make them fatigued and depressed… and sometimes it makes them angry and crazy! Just listen to Robert’s story! High blood calcium due to hyperparathyroidism is well known to cause “psychiatric” problems. It’s part of the classic “Bones, Stones, Groans, and Psychic Overtones” that wasContinue Reading
Dr. Doug Politz is one of the world's most knowledgeable parathyroid doctors and the second most experienced parathyroid surgeon in the world. Dr. Politz attended LSU Medical School where he graduated with the Chancellor’s Award as the Most Outstanding Graduate. Dr. Politz obtained his surgical training at the University of South Florida in Tampa, working with Dr. Norman for 5 years. Doug is a member of over a dozen surgical societies and is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS) and the American College of Endocrinology (FACE). He has been awarded the "Patients Choice Award" 8 consecutive years (top 3% of all American doctors), has been named one of America's Top Surgeons annually for over a decade. Dr. Politz has been a senior surgeon at the Norman Parathyroid Center since 2005 and has dedicated his surgical career to the treatment of hyperparathyroidism.