Head and Neck Disorders

Ear Nose & Throat Doctor Serving Albany, NY

Head and Neck Cancers

Head and neck cancers are diagnosed with a combination of history and physical examination, various imaging studies (CAT scans, MRI scans) and biopsy. The biopsy is often the most important piece of information and the otolaryngologist head and neck surgeon is often consulted to perform various forms of biopsy.

Parathyroid Disorders

The parathyroid glands control calcium, metabolism and homeostasis in the body. Over function of one or more of the parathyroid glands (called hyperparathyroidism) causes an increase in calcium levels in the blood with removal of calcium from the skeleton and bones which can lead to osteoporosis, bone fractures, kidney stones, peptic ulcer disease and possible neurologic and cardiac problems.

Thyroid Disorders

The thyroid gland manufactures thyroid hormone which regulates the rate at which your body carries on its necessary functions. It is located in the middle of the lower neck, below the larynx (voice box) and just above your clavicles (collarbones). It is shaped like a bow-tie” having two halves (lobes), a right lobe and a left lobe joined by an “isthmus”.

Diseases of the thyroid gland are very common and are often managed medically by your endocrinologist. However when surgical intervention to remove part or all of the thyroid gland becomes necessary, patients are usually referred to head and neck surgeons (including otolaryngologists).

If you would like to speak with an ENT about any head or neck disorders you have, please schedule an appointment today!