Areas of Care
The thyroid gland, located in the neck, makes and secretes thyroid hormone, affecting nearly all tissues of the body. Its function is to regulate the body’s metabolism. Common thyroid problems include:
Hyperthyroidism – the production of too much thyroid hormone. It can produce symptoms such as palpitations, sweating, and weight loss.
Hypothyroidism – the production of too little thyroid hormone. It can produce symptoms such as fatigue, weight gain, and constipation.
Thyroiditis – inflammation within the thyroid gland.
Goiters – enlargements of the thyroid gland.
Solitary thyroid nodules – growths within the thyroid gland.
Thyroid cancer – a malignant growth within the thyroid gland.
Parathyroid glands are four small glands located behind the thyroid gland which secrete parathyroid hormone, controlling the body’s calcium levels.
Hyperparathyroidism is a disease of calcium balance and is one of the most common disorders of the parathyroid glands.
The pancreas is located behind the stomach and secretes insulin, glucagon, somatostatin, and other hormones. It controls blood sugar and glucose metabolism and helps control other endocrine cells of the digestive tract.
Diabetes is the most common disorder of the pancreas.
Adrenal Gland Disorders
The adrenal glands are located on top of the kidneys and secrete adrenaline, aldosterone, and cortisol. These hormones maintain salt balance and blood pressure and help maintain fluid concentrations in the body. Common adrenal disorders include Addisons Disease, Cushings Syndrome, hyperaldosteronism, and adrenal tumors.
Pituitary Gland Disorders
The pituitary gland is located at the base of the brain and secretes hormones that control the activity of other glands such as the ovaries, testes, adrenals, and thyroid. Common pituitary disorders include pituitary tumors, such as prolactinomas and hypopituitarism, a disorder in which pituitary hormone secretion is abnormally low.