The thyroid and parathyroid glands are a group of glands located at the base of the neck. They produce important hormones that regulate the body's metabolism and free calcium levels.
Thyroid disorders typically occur when the thyroid gland releases too many or too few hormones. If too little thyroid hormone is produced, people are considered hypothyroid; if thyroid hormone is produced in excess, they are diagnosed as hyperthyroid.
Parathyroid disorders can occur when parathyroid glands release incorrect levels of the PTH hormone that controls calcium levels in the body. Hyperparathyroidism is caused by higher than normal calcium levels due to the gland producing too much hormone. Hypoparathyroidism occurs when parathyroid glands do not produce enough PTH, leading to low blood calcium levels.
MultiCare’s Ear, Nose and Throat surgeons work together with endocrinologists to provide a comprehensive, multidisciplinary team approach to diagnosing and managing patients with complex thyroid and parathyroid disorders. Access to advanced diagnostic and treatment technologies — including molecular (genetic) testing — help ensure an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan. When surgical treatment for a thyroid or parathyroid condition is required, we offer a full range of surgical procedures, from minimally invasive techniques to operations for metastatic and invasive cancers.