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Endocrine & Thyroid Procedures

Thyroid Biopsies

When an abnormal finding in the thyroid is found through lab work, ultrasound, or physical examination, a thyroid biopsy may be ordered. A thyroid biopsy is a sampling of cells or tissue from a thyroid gland. The cells are sent to pathology to determine if a troubled spot is malignant or benign. The biopsies are performed with the use of an ultrasound.

Thyroid Gland

Women are more likely than men to develop thyroid disorders. They are often hereditary and can affect more than one member of the family. Thyroid problems can be broken down into:

  • The production of hormone (too much, or too little)
  • Increased growth of the thyroid, causing compression of important neck structures or simply appearing as a mass in the neck
  • Formation of nodules or lumps within the thyroid which need to be observed for the presence of thyroid cancer

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Parathyroid Gland

Parathyroid glands control the amount of calcium in our blood and bones. About 1 in 100 people develop a parathyroid gland tumor during their lifetime causing parathyroid disease. Part of the treatment for this could include a parathyroid removal.

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Adrenal Gland

Adrenal glands are located at the top of each kidney. These glands produce hormones that help the body control blood sugar, burn protein and fat, react to stressors like a major illness or injury, and regulate blood pressure. Adrenal gland disorders develop when the adrenal glands produce hormone levels that are too high or too low. This can be treated with the removal of the affected adrenal gland.

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As a part of Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center, Scott & White Healthcare, Hillcrest General Surgery in Waco, Texas strives to provide excellence in patient care through providing comprehensive general surgery services in the Central Texas Area.