The thyroid is a small, butterfly-shaped gland in the front of the neck that creates hormones which control metabolism. Thyroid function impacts growth and development in children. Children can get thyroid conditions including hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid), hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid), Graves’ disease, thyroid nodules and thyroid cancer.
There are also four small glands known as the parathyroid glands located near the thyroid. They can also develop problems including hyperparathyroidism, where these overactive glands can cause high calcium levels.
In some cases, surgery is a recommended treatment for these thyroid and parathyroid conditions. If surgery is recommended, our endocrine surgery team works closely with the child’s pediatric endocrinologist to provide high-quality, coordinated care. Our surgeon, Dr. Herb Chen, has extensive experience performing thyroid and parathyroid surgery in infants, children and teens.