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Information About Endocrine Cancers: Parathyroid Tumors

What is a parathyroid tumor?

The parathyroid gland is located in the front of the neck near the thyroid gland. A parathyroid tumor is a growth inside a parathyroid gland. Parathyroid tumors may cause increased levels of parathyroid hormones secreted by the parathyroid glands, leading to hyperparathyroidism. Most parathyroid tumors are benign (noncancerous) adenomas. Cancers of the parathyroid are very rare.

What are symptoms of a parathyroid tumor?

If the parathyroid tumor causes hyperparathyroidism, symptoms may include:

The symptoms of a parathyroid tumor may resemble other conditions or medical problems. Always consult your physician for a diagnosis.

Treatment for a parathyroid tumor:

Specific treatment for a parathyroid tumor will be determined by your physician based on:

Treatment may include:

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