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Norton Parathyroid Center

Norton Parathyroid Center offers patients access to the only surgeons in Kentucky who perform minimally invasive treatment for hyperparathyroidism. Minimally invasive radioguided parathyroidectomy (MIRP) is an outpatient procedure offering many benefits, including less discomfort and quicker return to work as compared to the traditional procedure.


Minimally Invasive Radioguided Parathyroidectomy

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What is Hyperparathyroidism?

Hyperparathyroidism occurs when a benign tumor forms on one or more of the four parathyroid glands in the neck or chest. Too much parathyroid hormone is released, resulting in an elevated level of calcium in the body. During the MIRP, the patient is injected with a special solution called a radioisotope, which allows the surgeon to see the diseased gland in 80 percent of the cases. The procedure requires very small incision, often one inch in length.Hyperparathyroidism mainly affects women but also can affect men.

Symptoms (mild to severe)

  • Fatigue
  • Depression
  • Unusual body aches and pains
  • Problems with short-term memory
  • Kidney stones
  • Accelerated osteoporosis

How to Get Tested

Ask your primary care physician or an endocrinologist to run a routine blood test to check for hyperparathyroidism.

For more information, call Norton Cancer Institute Resource Center at (502) 629-5500.

To schedule an appointment for a diabetes class or to see a dietitian, call (502) 629-2604.

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