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What is parathyroid disorder? What does your parathyroid look like or feel like in your neck?

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Dr. Steve Martinez
Breast Surgery
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In brief: Overactive

An over active parathyroid gland, or hyperparathyroidism, can cause weak bones, broken bones, kidney stones, pancreatitis, stomach ulcers, abdominal pain, fatigue, depression, forgetfulness, and anxiety.
A normal parathyroid gland is about the size of a grain of rice or a pea. An abnormal gland is about the size of an olive. They are nearly impossible to feel on normal examination.

In brief: Overactive

An over active parathyroid gland, or hyperparathyroidism, can cause weak bones, broken bones, kidney stones, pancreatitis, stomach ulcers, abdominal pain, fatigue, depression, forgetfulness, and anxiety.
A normal parathyroid gland is about the size of a grain of rice or a pea. An abnormal gland is about the size of an olive. They are nearly impossible to feel on normal examination.
Dr. Steve Martinez
Dr. Steve Martinez
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Dr. Eric Whitman
Surgery - Oncology
2 doctors agree

In brief: High calcium

The most common disorder of the parathyroid glands is hyperparathyroidism, which is usually discovered when a blood test shows an elevated calcium level.
Parathyroid cancers are very rare. A normal parathyroid gland is about a quarter inch in size, and is very deep in the neck.It can almost never be felt, even when it is abnormal.

In brief: High calcium

The most common disorder of the parathyroid glands is hyperparathyroidism, which is usually discovered when a blood test shows an elevated calcium level.
Parathyroid cancers are very rare. A normal parathyroid gland is about a quarter inch in size, and is very deep in the neck.It can almost never be felt, even when it is abnormal.
Dr. Eric Whitman
Dr. Eric Whitman
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Dr. Brendan Stack Jr.
Surgery - Head & Neck

In brief: Parathyroid

They are small glands (4) behind your thyroid about the size or a grain of rice.
They are not palpable, even when overactive, unless they are cancerous. This is extremely rare.

In brief: Parathyroid

They are small glands (4) behind your thyroid about the size or a grain of rice.
They are not palpable, even when overactive, unless they are cancerous. This is extremely rare.
Dr. Brendan Stack Jr.
Dr. Brendan Stack Jr.
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