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Endocrine Surgery — Conditions We Treat

The following conditions are some of the most common conditions treated by specialists in this area. These specialists offer expert care for many other related medical problems. If you need care for a condition not listed here, please call (888) 352-RUSH (7874) to find a doctor who can help you.

  • Cushing’s Syndrome

    Cushing’s syndrome is a hormonal disease in which the body is exposed to high levels of the hormone cortisol. Exposure to high levels of cortisol can occur from taking synthetic hormones (glucocorticoids) to treat conditions that cause inflammation, including asthma and certain autoimmune disorders.
  • Goiter

    Goiter is a chronic enlargement of the thyroid gland. It can occur in people whose diets do not include enough iodine, a chemical the thyroid needs in order to work properly. In some cases, goiter has no known cause.
  • Graves’ disease is a problem where the immune system accidentally attacks the thyroid gland in your neck, causing it to get bigger (form a goiter) and become overactive. The overactive thyroid gland causes a number of symptoms called “hyperthyroidism.” People with Graves’ disease can also get bulging eyes and skin problems, especially in the legs.
  • Hyperaldosteronism

    Hyperaldosteronism, also known as Conn syndrome, occurs when the adrenal gland releases too much aldosterone, a hormone that helps regulate blood pressure. The most common cause of hyperaldosteronism is a nodule or benign tumor in the adrenal gland.
  • Primary hyperparathyroidism occurs when one or more of the four parathyroid glands are secreting too much parathyroid hormone (PTH).
  • Hyperthyroidism, often called overactive thyroid, is a condition caused by too much thyroid hormone. Thyroid hormone comes from the thyroid gland, a small, butterfly-shaped gland in the front of the neck.
  • The pancreas is an organ that helps the body digest food and use it as energy. The two main types of pancreatic cancer are exocrine pancreatic cancer, which is the most common, and endocrine pancreatic cancer.
  • Paraganglioma

    Paragangliomas are rare tumors that form near the carotid artery, along nerve pathways in the head and neck, and in other parts of the body. Paragangliomas are a type of neuroendocrine tumor.
  • Parathyroid Cancer

    Parathyroid cancer is a cancerous growth in one or more of the four pea-sized parathyroid glands located on top of the thyroid gland. Surgery to remove the cancer is the most common treatment.
  • Pheochromocytoma

    Pheochromocytomas are rare neuroendocrine tumors that form in the adrenal glands, which sit on top of the kidneys and produce hormones such as adrenaline (epinephrine) and dopamine. A pheochromocytoma can cause the body to produce too many of these hormones.
  • Cancer of the thyroid, a small gland located at the front of the neck, is usually slow-growing. With proper diagnosis and treatment, most people who have thyroid cancer will be cured.
  • Thyroid nodules are very common and usually don’t cause any symptoms or require any treatment. In a small number of cases, though, they may be cause for concern.