Parathyroid Overview

Parathyroid Overview

Parathyroid: A gland next to the thyroid that secrets a hormone (parathyroid hormone) that regulates calcium levels in a person’s body. (Overview)

Parathyroid Hormone raises the blood calcium level by:

  • Breaking the bone
  • Increasing the body’s ability to absorb calcium from food
  • Increasing the kidney’s ability to hold on to calcium that would otherwise be lost in the urine.

Hyperparathyroidism is a common disorder.  The internet is a valuable source for patient information but there is also a great deal of misinformation on consumer-directed websites where the primary objective is to “gain” new patients to generate revenue.

At the Mount Sinai Endocrine Surgery Parathyroid Program, we think that a well-informed patient is essential to creating a trusting partnership with your parathyroid provider.  This section contains a basic overview of parathyroid disorders so that our patients can arrive at their consultation armed with knowledge and ready to ask well thought out questions.