Secondary hyperparathyroidism is caused by a disease outside the parathyroid glands that causes them to grow and make too much parathyroid hormone (PTH). Vitamin D deficiency and kidney failure are the most common causes of secondary hyperparathyroidism.
Doctors diagnose parathyroid disease and parathyroid cancer by measuring hormone levels, imaging and tumor biopsy by a pathologist (our cellular experts). The main goal is to get a correct diagnosis of your condition — often at the genetic level so we can identify the best treatments.
The goal of treatment for secondary hyperparathyroidism is fixing the vitamin D deficiency or kidney failure. Treatment for vitamin D deficiency involves raising the vitamin D levels to the normal range. For patients with secondary hyperparathyroidism from kidney failure, the only treatment is a kidney transplant. Until then, the best treatment is medical therapy.
Why Choose Us?
Only center in South Florida with a specialty endocrine testing center. Our specialized testing centers improves diagnosis accuracy, leading to more precise treatments and better results. Located at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, the center is staffed by specialized nurses and technical assistants who perform complex hormone tests.
Advanced radiation oncology tools. We are one of only five medical centers in the country with ViewRay™ — MRI-guided radiation therapy. Our RapidArc® radiotherapy system delivers intensity modulated external radiation therapy (IMRT). These tools lead to more efficient and effective treatments, shorter treatment times, pinpoint accuracy in tumor targeting, and less damage to surrounding healthy tissue.