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Thyroid & Parathyroid Disorders

In the Connecticut Head & Neck Surgery division, our team of Otolaryngology and Head & Neck specialists consists of Dr. Clinton Kuwada, Co-Director of Hartford Hospital’s Head & Neck Cancer Multidisciplinary Team, along with Dr. Gregory Bonaiuto, Dr. Carl Moeller and Dr. Timothy O’Brien.  Using the latest diagnostic and therapeutic technology available including robotic surgery, our highly skilled physicians provide care that is unmatched to treat disorders of the thyroid and parathyroid.


Hyperparathyroidism occurs when the parathyroid glands produce too much parathyroid hormone or PTH. These glands are located in the neck and regulate the calcium, Vitamin D and phosphorous in the body. When the body is low on these vitamins and minerals, the hormone signals for their release from other parts of the body; specifically, the bones, which could lead to osteoporosis.

Symptoms of hyperparathyroidism include excessive urination, exhaustion, kidney stones, nausea, broken bones and decreased appetite.


A goiter refers to the condition whereby the thyroid gland grows larger than its normal size. The most common cause of a Goiter is due to the under or overproduction of thyroid hormones or nodules on the thyroid gland. An iodine deficiency, Graves' disease, Hashimoto's disease, inflammation, pregnancy, and thyroid cancer are other factors which may cause the thyroid gland to enlarge.

While some goiters are asymptomatic, other goiters cause a visible swelling in your neck, coughing, hoarseness, difficulty swallowing or breathing, or a tightness feeling in the neck.

Thyroid nodule

Thyroid nodules are growths (usually non-cancerous) in the thyroid gland. Like goiters, thyroid nodules are typically asymptomatic; however, larger nodules may be seen or felt. If left untreated, a thyroid nodule may cause, irregular heartbeat, edginess and weight loss.

If you are experiencing symptoms of a thyroid or parathyroid disorder and would like to discuss your treatment options one of our experts, please call (860) 493-1950 or visit our patient portal to request an appointment.