What is the Parathyroid?

Dr. Robert Youkilis, Dr. Jeffrey Beach, and Dr. Seth Bruggers of Northside ENT in Carmel, IN, provide excellence in care for conditions that affect your ears, nose, and throat. Some symptoms may be caused by problems in your endocrine system, a network of glands and organs that help regulate hormone levels in your body. Of all the anatomical structures of the human body that puzzle residents of Carmel, IN, the parathyroid is the most mysterious.

Your Endocrine System

Your endocrine system is responsible for managing hormone levels in your body. Hormones are important for proper growth, mood regulation, reproduction, metabolism, and many other functions. The endocrine system is comprised of specific areas in your brain, as well as a series of glands in your body, such as your pituitary, thyroid, parathyroid, adrenal gland, pancreas, and thymus. A woman’s endocrine system also includes her ovaries, and a man’s endocrine system includes the testis.

Role of the Parathyroid

Your thyroid is located in the front and bottom of your neck, and your parathyroid is behind your thyroid. The gland releases hormones that regulate phosphorous and calcium in your body. If the parathyroid releases too little or too much hormone, it can lead to serious medical conditions.

Conditions Associated with Your Parathyroid Gland

Hyperparathyroidism occurs when your parathyroid gland releases too much hormone. This may increase your risk of gastrointestinal issues, joint and bone pain, fatigue, kidney stones, excessive urination, osteoporosis, and other medical problems. Hypoparathyroidism describes a condition in which your parathyroid produces too little hormone. This may cause vision problems, heart arrhythmias, muscle spasms, pins and needles sensations, and even seizures.

How are Parathyroid Conditions Treated?

Dr. Youkilis, Dr. Beach, and Dr. Bruggers help residents of Carmel, IN, manage their parathyroid conditions. As ENT specialists, they can diagnose your parathyroid issue and recommend treatment to protect your health and well-being. Medications and supplements are typically recommended for hyperparathyroidism and hypoparathyroidism. You may also need routine bloodwork to monitor your parathyroid function. 

Are you looking for a parathyroid expert in the Carmel, IN, area? Call Northside ENT at (317) 844-5656. We will schedule an appointment with Dr. Youkilis, Dr. Beach, or Dr. Bruggers at our Carmel, IN, office.

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